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The Police and American Politics

This initiative sponsors research and seminars within the department on the politics of policing. It is led by Professor Daniel Kryder.


Daniel Kryder, "Organizing for Disorder: Civil Unrest, Police Control, and the Invention of Washington, D.C.," in "Formative Acts: American Politics in the Making," Stephen Skowronek, ed., (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008). Chapter analyzes the effects on local policing of Thomas Jefferson's decision to invent a new capital city in rural Maryland, and the effects of D.C.'s metropolitan police on the outcomes of mass demonstrations in the 20th century. 

Daniel Kryder, "Black and White Police in the 20th Century: Democratization and Policing in American Political Development"in "Democratization in America," Desmond King, ed., (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). Chapter reveals the reasons why local white authorities tended to appoint black policemen during and after wars. 

Daniel Kryder, “Claims and Capacity: War and the Development of National Policing Institutions in the U.S. in the 20th Century,” in Elizabeth Kier and Ronald Krebs, eds. In "War’s Wake: International Conflict and the Fate of Liberal Democracy" (Cambridge University Press, 2010).  Chapter questions the presumed relationship between war and state-building, using American federal police agencies as cases.


Policing American Politics: How Authorities Channel Social and Political Participation, May 3, 2007, included the following participants:

  • Clark McPhail (University of Illinois) Accounting for Police Behavior at Disorderly Campus Parties and Protests: The Interaction of Threat, Social Organization, and First Amendment Protections
  • Jennifer Earl (University of California, Santa Barbara) Arrests, Repression, and the 2004 Republican National Convention
  • Daniel Kenney (Brandeis University Ph.D. candidate) Military Interventions During America's Industrialization, 1877-1903
  • Lili Peaslee (Brandeis University Ph.D. candidate) Agents of Social Change? Police Social Policy Engagement in Four New England Cities
  • Christian Davenport (University of Maryland) The States Must Be Crazy, Part I: Dissent and the Puzzle of Repressive Persistence
  • David Sklansky (University of California, Berkeley School of Law) Police and American Democracy: Pluralism, Professionalism, and Participation

The American Police Model in Transnational Perspective: Policing, Social Conflict and Democratization in the U.S. and Abroad, April 2005, included the following participants:

  • Deborah Wilson (University of Louisville) Police Reform in a Multicultural State in Transition: the case of Romania
  • Matthew Deflem (University of South Carolina) Policing World Society: Historical Foundations of International Police Cooperation
  • Maria Haberfeld (John Jay College of Criminal Justice) Community Oriented Policing in Poland
  • Archon Fung (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University) Chicago Police-Community Relations as a Case of Empowered Participation
  • Christopher Winship (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University) Police-Church Partnerships in Boston
  • Tim Ross (Vera Institute of Justice) Improving Cooperation between Law Enforcement and Arab-American Communities