In addition to my research on discourse and policy change, I study the intersection of race, gender, and public policy in the US by focusing on racially disparate policing and its causes.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like a copy of any working paper. 


Suspect Citizens:
What 20 Million Traffic Stops Tell Us About Policing and Race

Frank Baumgartner, Derek Epp, & Kelsey Shoub

Using information on over 20 million traffic stops, we explore: 1) the extent of racial disparities in traffic stop outcomes in North Carolina; 2) their political sources; & 3) potential policy responses. For additional information, click here. Here are links to some of the press focused on the book:

Additionally, it was reviewed in Perspectives on Politics, the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, and the American Journal of Sociology



Peer Reviewed Articles

Other Article

Public Scholarship

Research in Progress

  •  Kelsey Shoub. "Comparing Systemic and Individual Sources of Racially Disparate Traffic Stop Outcomes." Invited to Revise and Review. [Paper]

  • Kelsey Shoub and Leah Christiani. "A Light Brush with the Law: The Effect of Traffic Tickets on Political Participation." Under Review.

  • Katelyn Stauffer, Miyeon Song, & Kelsey Shoub. "How Police Agency Diversity, Policies, & Outcomes Shape Citizen Trust & Willingness to Engage." Under Review.

  • Kelsey Shoub, Miyeon Song, and Katelyn Stauffer. Pink Policing: Officer Gender, Policing Outcomes, and Citizen Trust in Democracy. Book project in preparation.

    • Past research offers competing conclusions as to whether women's inclusion in police forces alters policing outcomes, with some scholars arguing that women bring a distinct perspective to policing that manifests in different outcomes among officers. Others, in contrast, argue that the highly masculine environment of police forces constrains and socializes women to "act like men." In our manuscript, we address these competing expectations by developing a theory that moves beyond asking whether men and women officers behave differently and instead asks under what conditions do gender differences emerge. In doing so, integrate theories from public administration, sociology, criminology, and political science. Our theory hinges on two concepts: (1) gender salience (e.g., activities related to sex based crimes); and (2) the degree to which officers are afforded discretion. We conclude by examining how citizens respond to gender diverse forces in terms of political attitudes and participation.