Research on the Hill: Bias-Free Policing


The University of Maryland, in collaboration with Congressman Anthony Brown, invite you to attend a forum on

"Innovative and Objective Approaches to Bias-Free Policing:
Collaborations Between Police Departments and Universities"
With special remarks by Senator Chris Van Hollen
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 12:00-1:30pm
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Room HVC-201 AB
First St NE
Washington, DC 20515
Boxed lunch will be available on a first come, first served basis. 

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This event is co-sponsored by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Big 10 Academic Alliance

About the Event

The University of Maryland, in collaboration with Congressman Anthony Brown, invites you to Research on the Hill, an event series focused on raising awareness of research with great societal significance.
Implicit bias refers to the unconscious predispositions that affect human interactions and understanding of the world. Everyone has implicit biases and can often be oblivious to them, but they factor into many everyday decisions. Specifically, decisions at critical moments, sometimes made in seconds, may often be influenced by implicit bias. Greater awareness of implicit bias can help bring about better interactions between citizens and police officers.
This forum will explore this important issue through an engaging conversation that will include researchers, legal experts, and community and law enforcement leaders. Innovative training programs, research and policy initiatives, and other solutions and methodologies to address implicit bias will be discussed.


  • Kris Marsh, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland (Moderator)
  • Rev. Tony Lee, Founder and Senior Pastor, Community of Hope AME Church
  • Destiny Peery, Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern University
  • Rashawn Ray, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland
  • Henry P. Stawinski III, Chief, Prince George's County Police Department


About the Panelists

Dr. Kris MarshKris Marsh, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland (Moderator)
Dr. Kris Marsh received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 2005. She was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina before joining the faculty of Maryland where she has been tenured since 2014. Dr. Marsh’s general areas of expertise are the Black middle class, demography, racial residential segregation, and education. She has combined these interests to develop a research agenda that is divided into two broad areas: avenues into the Black middle class and consequences of being in the Black middle class. Currently, Dr. Marsh is writing a book (with Dr. Rashawn Ray) for Cambridge University Press on the wealth, health, residential choices and dating practices of an emerging Black middle class that is single and living alone. Professor Marsh also teaches courses on Research Methods, Race Relations and Racial Residential Segregation. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California, University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and the University of Johannesburg. Dr. Marsh has served as a contributor to CNN in America, the Associated Press, NBC Washington, and Al Jazeera America and is frequently asked to contribute to the Washington Post. She serves as the Secretary of the District of Columbia Sociological Society and the Managing Editor of Issues in Race & Society. Dr. Marsh was awarded the Jacquelyn Johnson Jackson Early Career Award from the Association of Black Sociologists in 2015 and received the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar award for 2017. While completing her Fulbright in South Africa, Dr. Marsh was awarded the Excellence in Service Medal for Outstanding Faculty from the University of Maryland’s Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education. Professor Marsh’s most recent research and intellectual endeavors center on improving police-community relations. Since late 2015, Dr. Marsh has been the driving force behind a bias free training and research collaboration between Prince George’s County Police Department and the University of Maryland.


Rev. Tony Lee, Founder and Senior Pastor, Community of Hope AME Church
Rev. Tony Lee is the founder and Senior Pastor of the Community of Hope A.M.E. Church in Hillcrest Heights, MD.  Community of Hope is recognized throughout the region for its innovative ministry, social engagement and community outreach.  Community Of Hope has gained national recognition for its work around HIV/AIDS, violence prevention, community/police partnerships and educational advocacy.  The church’s work is also highlighted in the documentary “The Gospel Of Healing” and Rev. Lee is a contributor in the books “Being A Black Man: At The Corner Of Progress And Peril,”  “Reach: 40 Black Men Speak On Living, Loving & Succeeding” and “Youth Ministry Hindsight.”  He is also a contributor in the Police Executive Research Forum’s Critical Issues In Policing Series: Advice From Police Chiefs and Community Leaders On Buillding Trust, March, 2016. Rev. Lee serves as the Social Action Chair for the 2nd Episcopal District of the AME Church. In addition, he is a Board Member of the National Coalition Of Black Civic Participation, member of the Board Of Visitors for the Howard University School Of Divinity and is also a member of the Black Church & HIV Advisory Committee for the NAACP.  He is also an on air radio personality and can be heard in the DC area on CBS Radio’s WPGC 95.5 FM. Rev. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Masters Of Divinity degree from the Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He is the proud son of parents, Mr. Orlando W.E. Lee and Rev. Nancy T. Lee, Ph.D.


Dr. Destiny Peery

Destiny Peery, Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern University
Destiny Peery is an Associate Professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. She teaches and writes at the intersection of criminal law, anti-discrimination law, race, and social psychology. Outside of the classroom, she regularly works with diverse populations of practitioners, including lawyers, judges, and and law enforcement, around topics including cognitive and implicit biases, stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination, and diversity and inclusion. She earned her J.D. and Ph.D. in social psychology from Northwestern University. Prior to joining Northwestern, she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Duke Law School.


Dr. Rashawn RayRashawn Ray, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland
Dr. Rashawn Ray is Associate Professor of Sociology, the Edward McK. Johnson, Jr. Endowed Faculty Fellow, and Director of the Applied Social Science Research Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also one of the co-editors of Contexts Magazine, which is the public face of the American Sociological Association, and serves on the 2018 American Sociological Association Conference Planning Committee. Formerly, Ray was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. Ray’s research addresses the mechanisms that manufacture and maintain racial and social inequality. His work also speaks to ways that inequality may be attenuated through racial uplift activism and social policy. Ray is co-investigator of a study examining implicit bias, body-worn cameras, and police-citizen interactions. Ray has written for New York Times, Huffington Post, NBC News, and Public Radio International.



Henry P. Stawinski III, Chief, Prince George's County Police Department
Henry P.Chief Henry P. Stawinski III Stawinski III, known as Hank, was selected by County Executive Rushern Baker on January 1, 2016 to become the 17th Chief of Prince George’s County Police Department and was confirmed by the Prince George’s County Council on February 16, 2016. Chief Stawinski began his law enforcement career in 1992 with the Prince George’s County Police Department which serves 486 square miles and nearly one million residents along the eastern border of Washington D.C. Prior to his appointment as Chief; Hank was responsible for the Bureau of Patrol to which approximately 1100 of the Department’s 1700 sworn members are assigned. Within the Bureau of Patrol are the seven district stations, the Special Operations Division which includes Aviation, Canine, Collision Analysis and Reconstruction, three Emergency Services Teams, and the Marine Unit. His three prior assignments include founding and serving as the Deputy Chief of the Bureau of Forensic Science & Intelligence, Chief of Staff to the Chief of Police, and Deputy Inspector General for the Department. In his 24 years of service, he has played a key role in the Department’s seven successful bids for accreditation, founded and supervised the Behavioral Sciences Services Unit and led the “Arrive Alive” officer driving safety campaign. Hank holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Boston College and a Master of Science in Management from The Johns Hopkins University. He is an alumnus of both the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police and the Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute.  He has also attended the negotiation program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.  He is a member of the International Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forum, the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, and the Police Chief’s Association of Prince George’s County. He is a past President of the Maryland Association of Police Planners. Hank lives in Prince George’s County with his wife of seventeen years and their daughter.



The University of Maryland's Research on the Hill series explores timely, relevant, and critical societal issues through both a research and policy lens, providing lively and informative events featuring content experts on Capitol Hill. Past Research on the Hill events have brought academic, industry, and government leaders together to address topics ranging from traumatic brain injury to disaster resilience, autonomous vehicles to health equity.



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