Tracey L. Meares

Yale Law School
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Over a period that now spans nearly two decades, Meares has pursued a research program focusing on interactions between the members of the public and legal authorities such as police and other criminal justice system actors.  Using empirical methods, she has explored how reciprocal perceptions of respect (or the lack thereof) between police and community residents create self-reinforcing states of conformity to law in urbanized, economically disadvantaged inner-city communities. Her work features field research of extremely high external and operational validity, often conducted with the cooperation of urban police departments and nongovernmental community organizations. Her work is now a standard reference point for general research and commentary.
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