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Associate professor, doctoral students publish racial profiling research


Carol Archbold, associate professor and graduate coordinator in the Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science, and four doctoral students in the criminal justice graduate program will be published in the journal Race and Justice. They compiled a paper titled “Newspaper accounts of racial profiling: Accurate portrayal or perpetuation of myth?”

The study explores how newspapers contribute to the social construction of racial profiling. Specifically, it examines the frequency and context of the presentation of racial profiling by newspapers circulated in Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston from 1986-2010.

Content analysis of 940 articles identifies the “primary definers” in newspaper articles who contribute to the social construction of racial profiling, and determines if newspapers present racial profiling as a problem experienced by all racial minority groups or only a select few, Archbold said.

The doctoral students were Thorvald Dahle, Melina Fangman, Ericka Wentz and McKenzie Wood.

Race and Justice is published quarterly and serves as a forum for the best scholarship on race, ethnicity and justice. It focuses on the ways in which race/ethnicity intersects with justice system outcomes across the globe.

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