Self-Awareness and Self-Education in the Wake of (Yet Another) Police Shooting

During the first week of my classes, I always talk about frames of reference.

I share with my students elements of my own background. My own history. This typically includes personal characteristics; that I’m a white, heterosexual, cisgender man. But I also tell them that my life has been split between New York and North Carolina (making me both a pizza and BBQ snob); that I studied sociology and history in college before focusing on criminology in graduate school. I share with them my love of…



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Robert J. Norris, PhD

Author, professor. Writing about law, justice, politics, culture. Books: Exonerated ( & When Justice Fails (