Examines racial disparities in the criminal justice system and seeks strategies for reducing recidivism and increasing fairness in the treatment of all citizens.

Research & Publications

Access publications and grants related to race & law.


Alexandra Filindra

"Race, Rights, and Rifles: White Racial Attitudes and the Debate Over Guns"

October 8, 2019

View lecture


Dr. Jhacova Williams, RAND Corporation. Historical Lynching and the Black Vote Today. View Video of Lecture > >

Clare Malone., Race, Voting, and the Major Political Parties. View Video of Lecture > >

Gena Gunn McClendon, PhD, Bhavini Patel, Rob Bandes, Washintong University in St. Luis, Beamdata- Be the Change, VoteAllegheny. Voting Justice: Protecting and Engaging Voters in the 2020 Election. View Video of Lecture > >


Alexandra Filindra, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago. Race, Rights, and Rifles: White Racial Attitudes and the Debate Over Guns. View Video of Lecture > >

Desmond Patton Ph.D., Colombia University School of Social Work. Confronting Racial bias in the Use of Social Media Data and Al Tools for Gun Violence Prevention. View Video of Lecture > >

Richard M. Lee, Ph.D., Univesity of Minnesota. Xenaphobia and COVID-19: Strategies to Support Asian American Communities. View Video of Lecture > >

David Harris, JD, LL.M., Univerity of Pittsburgh School of Law. Race, Police, and Unarmed Civilian Deaths: What Can Be Done? View Video of Lecture > >


Tanya Hernandez, JD., Fordham University. Multiracial in the Workplace: A New Kind of Discrimination? View Video of Lecture > >

Cameron McLay, Pittsburgh Police Department. Policing Reform, Community, and Ethical Leadership. View Video of Lecture > >

Jacqueline Battalora, Ph.D., J.D., Saint Xavier University, Chicago. Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today. View Video of Lecture > >


Gary Orfield Ph.D., Civil Rights Project, UCLA. The Crisis of College Access for Students of Color. View Video of Lecture > >

David Harris, J.D., University of Pittsburgh. The Collision of Race and Criminal Justice: Lessons from the Aftermath of Ferguson. View Video of Lecture > >


Joe Feagin, Ph.D., Texas A&M University. Obama’s Campaigns and Presidency: No Post-Racial America. View Video of Lecture > >


Elizabeth Anderson, Ph.D., University of Michigan. The Imperative of IntegrationView Video of Lecture > >


Robert Hill, Ph.D., Morgan State University. The Intractable Career of James Crow III. View Video of Lecture > >


Vincent L. Hutchings, Nicholas A. Valentino, University of Michigan. Wedge Politics: The Structure & Function of Racial Group Cues in American Politics. View Video of Lecture > >


David J. Herring J.D., University of Pittsburgh: School of Law. The Multiethnic Placement Act: Threat to Foster Child Safety and Well-being? View Video of Lecture >>


Chaz Puzzanchera, National Center for Juvenile Justice. The Juvenile Justice System's Response to Youth Violence. View Video of Lecture > >

Michael Yonas, Ph.D., John Wallace, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Social  Work, UPMC/Family Medicine. Violence, Race/ Ethnicity, and American Youth: Patterns, Trends and Correlates. View Video of Lecture > >

Shaun L. Gabbidon, Ph.D., Penn State Harrisburg School of Public Affairs. Shopping Under Suspicion: Consumer Racial Profiling and Perceived Victimization. View Video of Lecture > >

John Wallace, Ph.D., Michael Yonas, DrPH, MPH., University of Pittsburgh. Violence, Race/Ethnicity, and American Youth. View Video of Lecture > >

Nancy LaVigne, Ph.D., Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Race and Prisoner Reentry: Men Returning to Huston, Texas. View Video of Lecture > >

Hidenori Yamatani, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. Allegheny County Jail Collaborative Evaluation Study Findings. View Video of Lecture > >

Steven Raphael, Ph.D., University of California Berkeley. Race and Prisoner Reentry: An Overview. View Video of Lecture > >

Fred Thieman, JD., Buhl Foundation. The Challenge of Creating Buy-in and Credibility around Race and Violence: The Pittsburgh Experience. View Video of Lecture > >

Erin Dalton, Allegheny County Department of Human Services. An Analysis of Local Violence. View Video of Lecture > >

David M. Kennedy, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Race, Crime and Justice: Finding and Standing on Common Ground. View Video of Lecture > >


Alfred Blumstein Ph.D., Carnegie Melon: Heinz College. Race, Crime and Community Response-- Measurement of Community Characteristics, Pt 2. View Video of Lecture > >

Rolf Loeber Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Race Differences in Violence, Risk Factors, and the Explanation of Disproportionate Minority Representation in the Justice System. View Video of Lecture > >

David S. Kirk, University of Oxford. The Community Context of Violence: Race, Social Networks and Residential Change. View Video of Lecture > >

Alfred Blumstein. Ph.D., Carnegie Melon: Heinz College. Race, Crime and Community Response / Some Recent US Trends in Violent Crime by Race and AgeView Video of Lecture > >

George Tita, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine. Community Context of Crime: Ethnographic Studies of Race, Communities, and Drug Markets, part two. View Video of Lecture > >

Ruth McRoy. Ph.D., Boston College. Disproportionality: Overview and Research Methods. View Video of Lecture > >

Darnell Hawkins. Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago. Context and System Factors Affecting Race and Crime. View Video of Lecture > >


Alfred Blumstein, Ph.D., Carnegie Melon University. Race and Incarceration. View Video of Lecture > >

David A. Harris, J.D., University of Pittsburgh: School of Law. Profiling: A Common Sense To Tool for the Post-9/11 World? View Video of Lecture > >

Find more lectures on Youtube and Panopto