Vision Series

The Mason Vision Series is a forum for Mason researchers and scholars to share their work with both university colleagues and the community more generally. It is an opportunity for invited Mason faculty members to share the frontiers of their scholarship in an accessible style that also inspires lively discussion among students, faculty, staff, and the wider reaches of the community. This semester, the series will be held virtually and will be live streamed through GMU-TV, offering those across our community an opportunity to join and engage with faculty. To watch the events at a later date, click on the title links. Subject and speaker details are in the section below the chart.

DATE TITLE SPEAKER RSVP
February 22
7:00 - 8:00 PM
A Vision for American Policing Reform
(Click on link above to watch the recorded event)
Dr. Cynthia Lum  
March 22
7:00 - 8:00 PM
  Dr. Amira Roess RSVP
April 19
7:00 - 8:00 PM
  Dr. Peter Mandaville RSVP

 

A Vision for American Policing Reform

Event Description
The last two decades of policing in the United States have been marked with both turmoil and calls for reform. In her presentation, Professor Cynthia Lum will lay out her vision for reinventing American policing. Reflecting on many contemporary law enforcement challenges, she will argue that re-envisioning policing will require police officers and leaders to take a more scientific and intellectual approach to match the complexities and demands of both the profession and the communities for which they are accountable.

 

Dr. Cynthia Lum
Dr. Cynthia Lum

About Dr. Lum
Dr. Cynthia Lum is professor of criminology, law and society in Mason’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and director of Mason’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy. She is a leading authority on evidence-based policing, an approach which advocates that research, evaluation and scientific processes should have “a seat at the table” in law enforcement policymaking and practice. She has developed numerous tools and strategies to translate and institutionalize research into everyday law enforcement operations, and is the founding editor of Translational Criminology Magazine. Dr. Lum is a member of the Committee on Law and Justice at the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) and an appointed member of NAS’s Transportation Research Board Standing Committee on Traffic Law Enforcement. She is a Board Director for the National Police Foundation and a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Dr. Lum has served numerous elected and appointed positions within the American Society of Criminology and is Co-Editor in Chief of Criminology & Public Policy, the society’s flagship policy journal. Professor Lum is a former police officer and detective.