American Politics Workshop: "Build Your Own Cop: Does Potential Harm Moderate Desired Officer Characteristics in Hypothetical Encounters?"

Tue, January 28, 2020 12:00 PM at 104 S. Kedzie Hall

The Jan. 28 American Politics Workshop features discussion with Joseph Hamm and Scott Wolfe of the Department of Criminal Justice discussing their paper "Build Your Own Cop: Does Potential Harm Moderate Desired Officer Characteristics in Hypothetical Encounters?"

Joe Hamm is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Environmental Science at Michigan State University. A psychologist by training, his work lies at the nexus of government and the public where he investigates what trust is, how best to appropriately measure it, and its connection to "outcomes" like cooperation and compliance. Joe’s work spans a number of governmental contexts, seeking to use research on trust in trustees like the police, courts, water infrastructure managers, natural resource authorities, and a variety of state and federal entities to develop a cross-boundary social science of trust.


Scott Wolfe is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. He received his PhD in criminology and criminal justice from Arizona State University. Scott’s research focuses on policing, organizational justice, legitimacy, and criminological theory. Currently, he is principal investigator on a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Project Safe Neighborhoods grant. This project will involve a partnership with the Saginaw (MI) Police Department, other local and federal law enforcement agencies, and community service providers to develop focused deterrence strategies to combat gang-related and other violent crimes in Saginaw. Scott recently completed a National Institute of Justice grant evaluating a police officer social interaction and de-escalation training program. Scott’s other recent work has examined issues such as the predictors of police officer seatbelt use, police managers’ support for organizational justice, officers’ experience with negative publicity and the Ferguson Effect, officers’ willingness to use procedural justice, and the legal socialization process.

Here is the schedule for the remainder of the semester:

February 11: Shayla Olson (Political Science)

March 10: Matt Grossmann and Zuhaib Mahmood (Political Science)

March 24: Noah Durst (Urban & Regional Planning)

April 21: Kesicia Dickinson (Political Science)