Call for Abstracts - Policing in the 21st Century

deadline for submissions: 
August 15, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Sandra E. Weissinger
contact email: 


Call for Abstracts

Policing in the 21st Century

Over the past decade, social activism and media attention has increased in response to perceived police brutality, aggressive policing of Black and Brown bodies, and vigilantism[1].  To this end, we are seeking submissions for our edited volume, Policing in the 21st Century, from scholars and practitioners that address at least one of the areas of interest listed below[2].

·       Activism related to vigilantism, policing, the court process, and/or incarceration

·       Community expectations of police and the judicial system

·       Implicit and explicit biases (as held by law enforcement officers, vigilantes, and/or larger society)

·       Insider/outsider experiences amongst law enforcement members

·       Intersectional analyses of emergent law enforcement issues

·       Policing in Black and Brown communities

·       Race, gender, class, and police policies

·       Recruitment of racial and ethnic minorities to policing agencies and/or law enforcement fields

·       Under examined issues shaping law enforcement members

·       Vigilantism


The volume will include chapters from various disciplines and methodological approaches. We expect to receive calls from various disciplines which include, but are not limited to: communication, history, journalism, law, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Please submit a one page vitae and an abstract of 250-500 words by August 15th, 2016 directly to Sandra E. Weissinger at Your document needs to adhere to the ASA formatting guidelines found here -

If you have questions, feel free to contact Dr. Sandra E. Weissinger ( or Dr. Dwayne Mack (


[1] For example, George Zimmerman is classified as engaging in vigilantism. This category is inclusive of all pseudo-policing actions by lay citizens – people who act as an officer of the law might, but without the training and/or backing of a law enforcement agency.

[2] If you wish to pitch an area of interest that is not listed, please communicate directly with Dr. Weissinger by emailing her at