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Conversations on Race and Policing Series: The Perils of Policing

Conversations on Race and Policing Series: The Perils of Policing

Posted by: Tiffany Jones

Join us on Wednesday, February 3 at 3 p.m. for a special presentation, "The Perils of Policing," featuring Dr. Michael Sierra-Arévalo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, whose research shows how danger and violence influence police culture, officer practice, and social inequality.

After the presentation, Sierra-Arévalo--who earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University and a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin--will participate in a question-and-answer session. 

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Drawing on observations and interviews across 3 U.S. police departments, Sierra-Arévalo advances the concept of “perilous policing.” This approach to policing emphasizes danger and death in officers' understanding and practice of police work and has profound consequences for officer safety, public well-being, and social inequality. 

His first book, Peril on Patrol: Danger, Death, and U.S. Policing, is under advance contract at Columbia University Press.

His writing and research have appeared in The Washington PostTimes Higher Education, NPRVoxGQ, and The New Republic.

Series organizers: Dr. Mary Texeira (Sociology), Robie Madrigal (Pfau Library), Dr. Jeremy Murray (History), Stan Futch (President,WAG), Marlo Brooks, and Yvette Relles-Powell.

View previous panels in the Conversations on Race and Policing series.

For questions or more information, contact Robie Madrigal ( or Jeremy Murray (

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