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Brian C. Renauer

Director of Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute

         ·         Ph.D., Criminal Justice, State University of New York – Albany

         ·         MA, Criminal Justice, State University of New York – Albany

         ·         BS, Criminal Justice, Bowling Green State University

Dr. Brian C. Renauer received his Ph.D. in 2000 from the State University of New York – Albany. His research interests were shaped by these graduate school experiences and the neighborhood and political cultures of Albany, NY. His work with the Police Community Interaction Project funded by the National Institute of Justice lead to the development and testing of measurement tools for police and communities to realize the strength (or weakness) of their partnerships in building community. His dissertation focused on why citizens get involved in community efforts to improve neighborhood sustainability. Dr. Renauer has continued to conduct community-level research with police departments and crime prevention programs since coming to Portland State University in 2000.

Dr. Renauer’s newest research and community service interests involve his work with Oregon’s Law Enforcement Contacts Policy and Data Review Committee (LECC). The LECC is charged by the Oregon Legislature to explore community concerns over racial/ethnic bias in law enforcement practices, to offer technical assistance to agencies that desire to collect traffic stop data, to improve training for the state, and monitor public perceptions of law enforcement. Dr. Renauer became the Director of the Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute in 2006 and Chair of the Department in 2008.

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Kris Henning

Professor & Associate Director

Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute

           ·         Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Vermont

           ·         B.A., Psychology and Sociology, University of Vermont


Dr. Henning earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont in 1995. He joined Criminology and Criminal Justice at Portland State University in 2001. In 2005 he helped launch PSU’s largest fully online degree program, which provides working students from across the country with access to all of the courses required for the completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Dr. Henning’s current research and community service work focus on helping criminal justice agencies improve decision making through evidence-based practices. Recent projects include redesigning the Portland Police Bureau’s domestic violence investigation form, the development of an automated risk assessment system used by the bureau’s Domestic Violence Reduction Unit, and the creation of case tracking databases for several local organizations. Dr. Henning also consults with criminal justice agencies regarding data collection and analysis.

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Meda-Chesney Lind

Professor & Senior Research Fellow

 Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute

          ·         Ph.D, Criminal Justice, University of Hawaii

          ·         B.A., Whitman College


Nationally recognized for her work on women and crime, her books include Girls, Delinquency and Juvenile Justice, The Female Offender: Girls, Women and Crime, Female Gangs in America, Invisible Punishment, Girls, Women and Crime, and Beyond Bad Girls: Gender Violence and Hype.    She has just finished an edited collection on trends in girls’ violence, entitled Fighting for Girls: Critical Perspectives on Gender and Violence, published by SUNY Press.

Dr. Chesney-Lind is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and the Western Society of Criminology.  She has been on the Women’s Studies faculty at the University of Hawaii since 1986, and also serves on the graduate faculty in the Department of Sociology. She also holds appointments as an adjunct professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, University of Illinois-Chicago, and a Senior Research Fellow in the Criminology and Criminal Justice at Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.