College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Dr. Ryan Patten

The public is invited to the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences Faculty Colloquium to be held in the BMU Auditorium on Tuesday, November 18th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Dr. Ryan Patten, Department of Political Science, will deliver the keynote address.

Dr. Patten’s scholarship focuses both nationally and locally in many areas of criminal justice, but typically with a policy focus. Dr. Patten’s co-authored book: Hunting for “Dirt bags”: Why Cops Over-Police the Poor and Racial Minorities, with Dr. Lori Beth Way specifically addresses why law enforcement over-police the poor and racial minorities. Based on his book, Dr. Patten’s keynote speech will address topics including, race, ethnicity, social class, culture, law, perceptions, and policy.

Dr. Patten is an active scholar; in addition to his recent book, he published six peer-reviewed journal articles in 2013 and 2014. Dr. Patten has a strong record of active publication in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has given presentations to criminology societies nationally and internationally, most recently in Budapest, Hungary.

The event will begin with a poster session from 5:30 to 6:15, followed by Dr. Patten’s keynote address from 6:15 - 7:30, entitled Hunting for “Dirt bags”: Why Cops Over-Police the Poor and Racial Minorities. Dr. Patten will address current events across the country providing a background to make comparisons between his book and contemporary topics.

2014 Faculty Colloquium

Dr. Ryan Patten