Dr. Lorie Fridell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology. Prior to joining USF in August of 2005, she served for six years as the Director of Research at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Fridell has over 20 years of experience conducting research on law enforcement. Her primary research areas are police use of force and violence against police. She has authored, co-authored or edited books entitled: Police Use of Force: Official Reports, Citizen Complaints and Legal Consequences; Police Vehicles and Firearms: Instruments of Deadly Force; Chief Concerns: Exploring the Challenges of Police Use of Force; Community Policing: Past, Present and Future. Recent articles and chapters on these and other research topics include "Use-of-Force Policy, Policy Enforcement and Training," "The Impact of Agency Context, Policies and Practices on Violence against Police," "Deadly Force Policy and Practice: The Forces of Change," and "Attracting Females and Racial/Ethnic Minorities to Law Enforcement."
Dr. Fridell is a national expert on racial profiling, or what she calls "racially biased policing." She speaks nationally on this topic and provides consultation and command-level training to law enforcement agencies. Publications on this topic include two books: Racially Biased Policing: A Principled Response and By the Numbers: A Guide for Analyzing Race Data from Vehicle Stops (and the companion guide, Understanding Race Data from Vehicle Stops: A Stakeholder's Guide). A recent chapter is and "Racially Biased Policing: The Law Enforcement Response to the Implicit Black-Crime Association."
Dr. Fridell is a Co-PI on the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) funded National Police Research Platform, which is a multi-component, multi-method pilot project collecting data on law enforcement personnel and agencies at 100 sites around the United States.
Dr. Fridell has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on projects funded at close to $8 million; she has brought in close to $1.5 million in grants/contracts to USF. She taught previously at the University of Nebraska and Florida State University. She has received five university-level teaching awards.