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Eric Rodriquez-Whitney

Criminology and Justice Policy, PhD

Eric Rodriguez-Whitney is a doctoral candidate in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. He holds an M.A. in Philosophy from Boston College and a B.A. in Philosophy & Law from St. Bonaventure University. His research agenda consists of two overlapping areas. The first is race and justice, especially relationships between law enforcement and racially marginalized communities. He has collaborated with Dr. Kevin Drakulich on a study of perceptions of police which problematizes the high levels of support for police typically expressed by White Americans, and has co-authored a paper with Dr. Glenn Pierce on endogenous system bias in the criminal justice process. The second area is a broad project which seeks to integrate core concepts of liberal democratic political theory with sociological and criminological problems and theories. He is currently working on his dissertation, which uses data from the International Self-Report Delinquency Study and the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index to study the relationships between established individual level predictors of perceptions of police across varying levels of country level democratic legitimacy. He will be teaching Crime, Media, and Politics in spring 2021.

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