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Lecture on The Science of Bias in Policing to kick off the Implicit Bias Mini-Conference


wl-universityPhillip A. Goff, associate professor of social psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), will be the keynote speaker at the Implicit Bias Mini-Conference at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 4:30 Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.

The title of Goff’s talk is “Preventing the Next Ferguson: The Science of Bias in Policing.” It is free and open to the public.

The talk and mini-conference are sponsored by W&L’s Mudd Center for Ethics and is part of W&L’s 2014-2015: Race and Justice in America, a yearlong interdisciplinary symposium. The mini-conference is also open to the public.  Anyone who plans to attend the lunch, which is the closing event of the conference, please RSVP to [email protected].

Goff is the co-author of many articles, including “Not yet human:  Implicit knowledge, historical dehumanization and contemporary consequences” (which also won honorable mention as Gordon W. Allport Award for Intergroup Relations) and “Seeing black: Race, representation, and visual perception” both in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Goff is the co-founder and president for research of the Center for Policing Equity at U.C.L.A. He is an expert in contemporary forms of racial bias and discrimination as well as the intersections of race and gender. He has conducted markedly innovative work exploring the ways in which racial prejudice is not a necessary precondition for racial discrimination.

Goff’s work has been recognized by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation. He is also the youngest member of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice advisory board for the Center on Race, Crime and Justice.

Goff has been recognized as a national leader in race and gender discrimination by legal practitioners as well, having served as an expert witness in several prominent regional and national cases. He has been recognized as the emerging leader in research on race, gender and policing. He spent the 2008-2009 academic year as a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, which is devoted exclusively to research in the social sciences.

The speakers at the mini-conference are:

  • Robert J. Smith is an assistant professor of law at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He teaches and writes about criminal law and evidence.
  • Irena Stepanikova is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Her research and teaching interests are medical sociology, race/ethnicity, social psychology, social stratification and quantitative methods.
  • Robin Zheng, (W&L Class of ’09) is a Ph.D. student in philosophy at the University of Michigan. Her research and teachinginterests are medical sociology, race/ethnicity, social psychology, social stratification and quantitative methods.

For more information about the mini-conference and the rest of the speakers during W&L’s yearlong Mudd Center for Ethics’s 2014-2015: Race and Justice in America please see



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