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Featuring Dr. Traci Burch

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By Dr. Traci Burch

Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation and Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University

On May 19, Dr. Burch will deliver a keynote address discussing her research on the role of citizen activism in response to police-involved killings, what that means for accountability, and how the criminalization of Black and Brown people impacts political participation.


Dr. Burch’s research focuses on the U.S. criminal justice system, political behavior, and structural inequality. She is the author of Trading Democracy for Justice: Criminal Convictions and the Decline of Neighborhood Political Participation (2013) and co-author of Creating a New Racial Order (2012). Other recent publications appear in Political Behavior, Law and Society Review, and Criminology and Public Policy.

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