Robin S. Engel, PhD
Vice President for Safety & Reform
Director, IACP/UC Center for Police Research and Policy
Dr. Robin S. Engel received her doctorate in criminal justice from the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany. For the past twenty years, Dr. Engel has engaged in research and evaluation in the field of criminal justice, and worked directly with practitioners to implement crime reduction strategies while enhancing citizens’ perceptions of police legitimacy.
Engel’s work includes establishing academic-practitioner partnerships and promoting best practices in policing, with expertise in empirical assessments of police behavior, police use of force, police-minority relations, police supervision and management, criminal justice policies, criminal gangs, and crime reduction strategies. She has served as the Principal Investigator for over 60 contracts and grants, and provides statistical and policy consulting for international, state, and municipal law enforcement agencies.
For the last several years, she has been ranked among the top four academics, and the number one female academic in the field of criminal justice/criminology based on scholarly publications in the most elite peer-reviewed journals (Khey et al., 2011; Orrick & Weir, 2011). Engel's publications include empirical examinations of racial profiling, police use of force, and police supervision. She previously served as the Principal Investigator for the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV), which resulted in several prestigious team awards including the 2008 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) / Motorola Webber Seavey Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement, the 2009 IACP/ West Award for Excellence in Criminal Investigations, and the 2008 National Criminal Justice Association’s Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award.
In October 2011, Engel was one of a handful of American policing experts and the only academic selected to participate in an international forum on gang violence in 2011 hosted by the Home Office and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. International work also includes research and speaking engagements regarding various aspects of evidence-based policing practices and police accountability in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, and Canada. Based on her experiences working directly with law enforcement agencies, in April 2015 she was an invited participant to the White House for a working session on Technology and Data Innovation for Transparency and Accountability in Policing hosted by the John and Laura Arnold Foundation. She teaches courses on policing and criminal justice theory/practice at the doctorate, masters, and undergraduate levels.