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Brian Renauer
Brian Renauer
  • Chair, Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Director, 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. 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. His current research has also examined community perceptions of criminal justice, particularly trust and legitimacy in law enforcement.  Dr Renauer became the Director of the Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute (CJPRI) in 2006 and Chair of the Division in 2008.  To learn more about Dr. Renauer's work with the LECC, public perceptions, and CJPRI press the link to the respective websites.


    Curriculum Vita (pdf)

    Current Courses

    CCJ 301: Policing in America (CCJ Online)
  • CCJ 435: Crime, Grime, and Fear (CCJ Online)
    CCJ 525/625: Criminal Justice Theory (Campus)

    Contact Information

    550C URBN
    (503)725-8090
    renauer@pdx.edu