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James E. Wright II

Assistant Professor in the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, Florida State University

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Wright's dissertation research sought to understand how the introduction of Body Worn Camera (BWC) technology in the United States impacts citizen outcomes as well as policing outcomes. This research was funded by American University Graduate Student Fellowship. It was presented to the legislative branch, the D.C. City Council. His research spans a variety of topics that include the criminal justice system, education, and homelessness in the United States.


Why Police Body Cameras are Just a First Step


"A Test of Representative Bureaucracy Theory: Race and Police Use of Force," (with Andrea Headley), 2018.

Examines how the race of police officers as well as the race of citizens influences officer use of force.

"'The Trayvon Martin Effect': Estimating the Effect of the Trayvon Martin Shooting on Reading Performance Scores Using the Synthetic Control Method" Cogent Social Sciences 2, no. 1 (2016).

Examines how the shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin resulted in decreased performance of students in Florida schools.