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Andrea Headley

Assistant Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

About Andrea

Headley's research focuses on criminal justice management and policy, with a keen focus on racial equity. Overarching themes in Headley's writing include assessing police-community relations, analyzing dispositional outcomes in citizen complaints, evaluating the effects of race during use of force encounters, as well as evaluating body-worn cameras. Headley serves government and nonprofit organizations consulting and providing advising on equitable policies, practices, and programs.

In the News

Quoted by in "Police or Prosecutor Misconduct Is at Root of Half of Exoneration Cases, Study Finds," The New York Times, September 16, 2020.
Interviewed in "How Police Bodycams Work and How They Fall Short ," c/net, August 3, 2020.
Quoted by in "Dayton Is Largest Ohio City Without Police Body Cameras ," Dayton Daily News, June 13, 2020.
Quoted by in "Police Body Cameras Were Supposed to Build Trust. So Far, They Haven’t," Popular Science, June 10, 2020.
Guest on In the Arena, February 11, 2019.
Quoted by in "How Body Cameras May Result in a More Proactive and Community-Engaged Police Force," Chicago Policy Review, December 3, 2018.


"A Field Experiment of the Impact of Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs) on Police Officer Behavior and Perceptions" (with Rob T. Guerette and Auzeen Shariati). Journal of Criminal Justice 53 (2017): 102-109.

Evaluates the impact of a body-worn camera program used by the Hallandale Beach, Florida Police Department in the U.S. to determine their impact on police officer behavior and perceptions. Findings revealed that officers with BWCs 1) relied on less intrusive methods to resolve incidents, 2) continued to be active rather than abstaining from community contact, and 3) officer perceptions of the usefulness of BWCs remained pessimistic.

"National Police Reform Commissions: Evidence-Based Practices or Unfulfilled Promises?" (with James E. Wright and II). The Review of Black Political Economy 46, no. 4 (2019): 277-305.

Reviews the national police reform commissions that have occurred in the United States. Finds three areas of similarities across reform recommendations: excessive police use of force, police–community relations, and personnel standards.  Highlights the need for further research to examine what works for reducing police–community tension.

" Race, Ethnicity and Social Equity in Policing" in Achieving Social Equity: From Problems to Solutions, edited by Mary E. Guy and Sean McCandless (Melvin & Leigh Publ., 2020), 82.

Examines the racial inequities that exist in policing, the reasons for such inequities and what can be done about them.

"Police Use of Force Interactions: Is Race Relevant or Gender Germane?" (with James E. Wright). The American Review of Public Administration (2020).

Analyzes police use of force data from Indianapolis and Dallas police departments to explore differences in the amount of force used by officers in ethnic, racial, and gender matches in police–civilian encounters. Suggests that there are heightened levels of force used when there is racial and gender incongruence or mismatch between the officer and the civilian, particularly White officers interacting with Black civilians.

"Equal Employment Opportunity: Women Bureaucrats in Male-Dominated Professions" (with Sebawit G. Bishu). Public Administration Review (2020).
"Equal Employment Opportunity: Women Bureaucrats in Male-Dominated Professions" (with Sebawit G. Bishu). Public Administration Review (2020).

Applies qualitative research method to explore gendered processes that women city managers and police officers encounter in their their day-to-day leadership and street-level bureaucracy roles.