Peace/Justice Week Research Brown Bag w/ Dr. Madeleine Novich -Feb. 27th, noon, Cornerstone

Wednesday, February 27th, 12 noon, Miguel 209 (Cornerstone)

Peace and Justice Week Research Brown Bag:

They Can’t Search Her: How Gender Imbalances in the Police Force Contribute to Perceptions of Procedural Unfairness

Madeleine Novich, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Dr. Novich presents the results of her analyses of 253 in-depth interviews of San Francisco-based male and female drug-dealing gang members, which focused on how interactions with a male-dominated police force, who were required to search only suspects of the same gender, affected perceptions of fair policing. Her findings suggest that the gender composition of the police force is important in shaping attitudes toward equitable enforcement of the law and procedural fairness. Her findings highlight a contradiction that compliance with rules can contribute, counter intuitively, to perceptions of procedural injustice, suggest that procedurally unfair police behavior may be a systemic problem where the gender composition of the police force itself creates an inherently unfair system.  

Madeleine Novich, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Sociology at Manhattan College; this is her first year at the college. Previously, she was a post-doctoral fellow at Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, where she completed her Ph.D.  Her research focuses on policing and perceptions of procedural justice and legitimacy among criminalized populations.  Her research has appeared in books, edited volumes and journals including Drugs: education, prevention, and policy, Race and Justice: An International Journal, Feminist Criminology and Gender, Work & Organization

The research talk is sponsored by the Peace and Justice Studies Program.

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