Brad Smith

Professor Criminal Justice
Phone: 313-577-2705


Current Research Interests

Police behavior
Police use of extra-legal force
Perceptions of police
Police-community relations

Selected publications

Holmes, Malcolm D., Matthew A. Painter and Brad W. Smith (2015). “Citizens’ Perceptions of Police in Rural US Communities: A Multilevel Analysis of Contextual, Organizational and Individual Predictors.” Policing & Society, published online April (

Smith, Brad W. and Malcolm D. Holmes. (2014). “Police Use of Excessive in Minority Communities: A Test of the Minority Threat, Place, and Community Accountability Hypotheses.” Social Problems. 61(1): 83-104.

Wareham, Jennifer, Brad W. Smith and Eric G. Lambert. (2015). “Rates and Patterns of Law Enforcement Turnover: A Research Note.” Criminal Justice Policy Review, 26(4): 345-370.

Wu, Yuning, Ivan Sun, and Brad W. Smith.  (2011).  “Race, Immigration, and Policing:  Chinese Immigrants’ Satisfaction with Police.”  Justice Quarterly, 28(5): 745-774.

Frank, James, Brad W. Smith and Kenneth J. Novak (2005) “Citizen Attitudes Toward the Police:  Exploring the Basis of Citizen Attitudes.”  Police Quarterly, (8)2: 206-228.


Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, Criminal Justice, 1999.
M.S., University of Cincinnati, Criminal Justice, 1995.

For more information, please see Brad Smith CV.

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