RACE & PUBLIC POLICY
In addition to my research on policy change and discourse in Congress, I study the intersection of race and public policy in the US by focusing on racially disparate policing and its causes.
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RACIAL DISPARITIES IN TRAFFIC STOPS
To what extent do African Americans and white Americans experience the same America? How do policy choices shape those experiences, and what influences those choices? By focusing on racial disparities in traffic stop outcomes, our team seeks to study these questions.
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:
What data on 20 million traffic stops can tell us about ‘driving while black’, an interview in the Monkey Cage about our book with John Sides
Is It Time to Reconsider Traffic Stops?, City Lab, by Tanvi Misra
New Books Network Interview with Frank Baumgartner about our main findings
The fears of Driving While Black in NC are true. The data prove it., News and Observer Op Ed
Additionally, it was reviewed in the September 2019 issue of Perspectives on Politics.
Peer Reviewed Article
Baumgartner, Frank R., Derek A. Epp, Kelsey Shoub, and Bayard Love. 2017. Targeting Young Men of Color for Search and Arrest during Traffic Stops: Evidence from North Carolina, 2002-2013. Politics, Groups, and Identities. Vol. 5, No. 1: 107-131.
Black Dignity Matters: Research shows that police do subject African Americans to much greater unwarranted scrutiny and harsher treatment, Reason.com, by Ronald Bailey, July 15, 2016
Color-Conscious Drug Warriors Breed Mistrust: Two recent studies confirm anecdotal evidence of racial disparities in police treatment of drivers and pedestrians, Reason.com, by Jacob Sullum, August 1, 2016.
Baumgartner, Frank R., Leah Christiani, Derek A. Epp, Kevin Roach, and Kelsey Shoub. 2017. Racial Disparities in Traffic Stop Outcomes. Duke Forum for Law and Social Change, 9: 21-53.
Cops in Cook County among worst, huge study of traffic stops across U.S. finds, InjusticeWatch.org, by Sam Hart, February 28, 2017.
Study reveals racial discrepancy in Evanston police searches following traffic stops, by David Fishman, The Daily Northwestern, March 7, 2017.
Kelsey Shoub, Derek A. Epp, Frank Baumgartner, Leah Christiani, and Kevin Roach."Race, Place, and Context: The Persistence of Race Effects in Traffic Stops Outcomes in the Face of Situational, Demographic, and Political Controls." Conditional Acceptance at the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. [Manuscript] [Online Appendix] [Data] [Code]
Kelsey Shoub, Leah Christiani, Frank Baumgartner, Derek A. Epp, and Kevin Roach. "Fines, Fees, and Disparities: The Link Between Municipal Reliance on Fines and Racial Disparities in Policing."
Leah Christiani, Kelsey Shoub, Frank Baumgartner, Derek Epp, and Kevin Roach. "Descriptive Representation and the Reduction of Racial Disparities in Traffic Stop Outcomes."
Kevin Roach, Frank Baumgartner, Leah Christiani, Derek Epp, and Kelsey Shoub. "At the Intersection: The Amplifying Effects of Gender and Stop Purpose on Race in Determining Traffic Stop Outcomes."