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Brian C. Renauer, Ph.D.

Portrait of Dr. Brian C. Renauer
Professor
Portland State University

Dr. Brian C. Renauer is a Professor in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department and a Director of the Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute at Portland State University. He received a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from SUNY Albany. His recent research interests have centered on issues of racial/ethnic disparity and criminal justice within a variety of areas (e.g. public perceptions of trust/legitimacy, implicit bias, police stop and search decision-making, risk assessment, juvenile referrals to court, and public transit fare enforcement) and using multiple methodologies (e.g. survey research, longitudinal data analysis, randomized experiments, and training). Dr. Renauer has helped staff a Governor-appointed committee in Oregon focused on the issue of profiling and bias in law enforcement since 2007. His research has appeared in outlets such as the Police Quarterly, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, and Journal of Social Psychology. Dr. Renauer and his research teach were awarded The W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars in Race and Crime Research FY 2017 for an examination of the pre-trial risk assessment approaches and sentencing outcomes in two Oregon counties.