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James E. Wright II, Ph.D


James E. Wright II, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Askew School of Public Administration and Public Policy at Florida State University where his research specializes in policing, law enforcement agency management, and race. His research has examined the impacts of body cameras on racial disparities in policing, the impacts of providing public access to police misconduct allegations, police officer decision making during police stops, how physical appearance impacts use of force, and community protests, among other issues.  His research has appeared, or will soon appear in the fields leading research journals, including Public Administration Review, Public Management Review, Public Performance Management Review, The American Review of Public Administration, and others. 


Prior to joining Florida State University, he was a program analyst in the Office of the DC Tax Auditor where he evaluated the conditions in the Washington, D.C. jail as well as examined compensation and overtime expenses. His prior work for the DC Chief Financial Officer included examining the impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) on family size. 

Dr. Wright received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, masters in public policy from Pepperdine University, and PhD in public administration and policy from American University.

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