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Peter Hanink, Ph.D.

Peter Hanink focuses his research on race and policing, examining police-public interactions, particularly on race and police use of force. In his research, he looks at the causes and consequences of racialized policing – its past, present, and how it might be reformed.


His work on the limits of police reform demonstrates how support for police reform can be influenced by a range of factors including perceptions of who is calling for that reform and how they call for it. He also researches the content of particular reforms and how their effectiveness can by influenced by political, economic and cultural factors. In 2020, he provided expert testimony before the California State Assembly on the history of police reform, and he has previously served as an subject-matter consultant in biased policing  litigation.


Hanink’s research projects with students have included: analyzing police use-of-force policies, analyzing violence committed against Blacks in South during Reconstruction, experimental studies of how perceptions of dangerousness and criminality are influenced by race and how rule-breaking is evaluated.


Recent Grants and Fellowships:

  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Special Projects for Improving the Classroom Experience (SPICE) Grant $21,012 (2023)
  • California State University, Research Scholarship Creative Activities Grant $5,000 (2022)
  • California State University, Curriculum Redesign Grant, $8,000 (2019)
  • University of California, Irvine, Summer Research Grants, $15,100 (2013-2018)
  • University of California, Irvine, Dissertation Writing Fellowship, $12,614 (2017)
  • University of California, Irvine, Social Ecology, Dickman Graduate Award for Community Engagement, $1,500 (2017); Dissertation Research Stipend, $1,000 (2017)
  • University of California, Irvine, Center for Engaged Instruction, Certificate of Teaching Excellence (2017); Pedagogical Fellowship, $2,000 (2016)

Selected Publications:

  • “Exploring what MillennigenZ think about a range of social issues.” Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity, 9(2), 17-50, 2023.
  • With A. Dunbar “Reforming the Police: Examining the Effect of Message Framing on Support for Police Reform.” Criminal Justice Policy Review, 34(6), 534–558, 2023.
  • With M. Renner & C.J. Bates, “Lethality of Police Shootings and Proximity to Trauma Centers,” Homicide Studies, 27(1), 120-14, 2023
  • With A. Dunbar, “Protesting the police: an analysis of the correlates of support for police reform following the 2020 black lives matter protests,” Social Movement Studies, 1-19, 2022
  • With A. Dunbar, “Policing protests: an experimental evaluation of the impact of protester race on support for police reform,” Journal of Experimental Criminology, 1-22, 2022
  • “Prison Architecture,” in The Encyclopedia of Corrections (K. Kerley, ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2017)
  •  “Shock Probation,” in The Encyclopedia of Corrections (K. Kerley, ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2017)
  • With G. Ward, “Deliberating Racial Justice: Towards Racially Democratic Crime Control” in Routledge Handbook of Criminal Justice Ethics (J.P. Jackson & J. Jacobs, eds., Routledge, 2016)
  • “Urban Uprisings” in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society (F.F. Wherry, J.B. Schor & M.J.B. Schor, eds., SAGE Publications, 2015)
  • “B Movies” in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society (F.F. Wherry, J.B. Schor & M.J. Schor, eds., SAGE Publications, 2015)
  •  “SAT Preparation,” in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society (F.F. Wherry, J.B. Schor & M.J. Schor, eds., SAGE Publications, 2015)
  • “Don’t Trust the Police: Stop Question Frisk, Compstat, and the High Cost of Statistical Over Reliance in the NYPD,” Journal of the Institute of Justice and International Studies, 13, 99, 2013





B.A., Political Science, Loyola Marymount University

J.D., Brooklyn Law School

M.P.A., Wagner School of Public Service, New York University

Ph.D., Criminology, Law & Society, University of California, Irvine



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