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Researching the Police

Race & Bias Conversations
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Thursday, November 05, 2020
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5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Ajenai Clemmons, Arvind Krishnamurthy
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Race and Bias Conversations

How Heavily Policed Communities Judge Police, and the Political Effects of Police Violence

Policing and its sometimes deadly effects on individuals and communities of color have frequently been at the heart of debates and protests about racism in the United States and around the world. In this discussion, Ph.D. students Ajenai Clemmons and Arvind Krishnamurthy will share their research and offer a deeper exploration of the relationship between the police and the policed.

Clemmons, a Ph.D. candidate in public policy, will give a talk titled, "How Civilians in Heavily Policed Communities Judge Police." Drawing on in-depth interviews with African American men in East Durham, she will explore what the portraiture of a desired police officer looks like for civilians in heavily policed communities. Krishnamurthy, a Ph.D. candidate in political science, is conducting research focused on race, policing, and the politics of criminal justice. He will discuss a paper titled "The Political Consequences of Police Violence."

Speakers: Ajenai Clemmons, Ph.D. candidate in public policy; Arvind Krishnamurthy, Ph.D. candidate in political science

This event is part of The Graduate School's Race and Bias Conversations Series. Questions? Contact Assistant Dean J. Alan Kendrick at or Assistant Dean Francisco Ramos at


Contact: Francisco Ramos