Doctoral Student Joselyne Chenane receives first annual Chris L. Gibson Graduate Student Research Award
Joselyne Chenane, a third year doctoral student in Criminology and Criminal Justice, was awarded the first annual Chris L. Gibson Graduate Student Research Award for her project “Examining the relationship between traffic stops and calling the police for help”. The award will provide Ms. Chenane with a summer stipend to support the project, along with funding for travel to University of Florida where she will present her findings in the fall. Emeritus Professor Samuel Walker served as a faculty mentor for the project.
For the project, Ms. Chenane will examine whether being stopped by the police for a traffic stop impacts citizens’ willingness to call the police for help. Ms. Chenane will also examine whether the actions of the police during the stop have an effect on citizens’ willingness to seek help from the police. Historically, traffic stops have been a source of considerable controversy, but few researchers have examined the effect of being stopped by the police on citizens’ subsequent behavior. On the one hand, if citizens regard traffic stops as negative interactions, then these interactions could undermine citizens’ trust in the police, and ultimately citizens’ willingness to call the police for help. But, if citizens perceive that the police treated them fairly during their encounter, then they may perceive the police to be more legitimate and have greater trust in the police. Ms. Chenane’s research will help shed light on these processes.
The Chris L. Gibson Graduate Student Research Award was established by Professor Chris Gibson (University of Florida), alum of the doctoral program in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. The award is intended to support empirical research and scholarly publishing by doctoral students in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Story published 02/2015