Photos by Blane Marable Photography.

Photos by Blane Marable Photography.


The Criminal Justice Studies Program and the Criminal Justice Society invite you to the

2021 Susette M. Talarico Lecture

“Race, Policing and Public Governance: Obstacles and Opportunities on the Other Side of Now”

an interactive lesson presented by

Dr. Brian N. Williams (AB ’88, MPA ’91, PhD ’95)

Associate Professor of Public Policy in the Batten School of Leadership at the University of Virginia 

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 

12:30pm-1:45pm (EST) – Virtual via Zoom Meeting

Registration is required to receive the link and pass code: Click here to register

Brian N. Williams, PhD is an associate professor of public policy in the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. He is the author of “Citizen Perspectives on Community Policing: A Case Study in Athens, GA”, is the co-author of the book, “Race, Policing & Public Governance: On the Other Side of Now”, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press’ Element Series, and has published in leading journals in public administration, public management,community psychology, education, and police studies. He also serves as the founder and director of the Public Engagement in Governance Looking, Listening and Learning Laboratory (PEGLLLab). As a scholar committed to action research, he examines the interplay between race, policing and public governance. His efforts are devoted to leveraging public engagement in re-imagining and redesigning policies, practices, structures and systems that improve police-community relations.

The Susette M. Talarico Lecture, presented by the Criminal Justice Studies Program and the Criminal Justice Society, is hosted annually in memory of Dr. Talarico, a long-time director of the Criminal Justice Studies Program. With support from the Susette M. Talarico Fund, the Criminal Justice Society, the Departments of Political Science and Sociology, this lecture series has brought practitioners and scholars to campus to speak on a wide variety of current issues in criminal justice.

To support the Susette M. Talarico Fund, click here.


2009: Valerie E. Caproni, general counsel of the FBI
2010: Joe D. Whitley, former general counsel for the Department of Homeland Security
2011: Leah Ward Sears, Former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice
2013: John Hagan, John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law, Northwestern University / Co-director, Center on Law & Globalization at the American Bar Foundation
2014: Michael P. Downing, Deputy Chief, Los Angeles Police Department
2015: Victor Rios, University of California-Santa Barbara
2016: Steven E. Clark, Director, Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies Director / Professor of Psychology, University of California, Riverside
2017: Dr. Christopher Uggen, Regents Professor and Martindale Chair in Sociology and Law, University of Minnesota
2018: Chief Louis M. Dekmar, Chief of Police and Chief of Public Safety for the City of LaGrange
2019: Judge Steve Goss, Superior Court Judge for the Court of Appeals of Georgia
2020: Dr. John Patrick Jarvis, Academic Dean, FBI Academy