Andrea M. Headley conducts research and teaching on police-community relations, racial equity, public administration and management and organizational behavior.

She received her PhD in Public Affairs from the Department of Public Policy and Administration and an MS in Criminal Justice from Florida International University. She holds a BS Ed. in Community and Program Development with a double major in Criminology and a minor in Communication Studies.

In addition to being an Assistant Professor, Andrea also serves as a faculty member in the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center in the Moritz College of Law. She previously held the position of University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

Her policy area has been concentrated in the context of criminal justice—namely, policing. However, there are two main themes that have guided her research. First, is investigating the interface between police departments and the community in order to understand how organizational, managerial and individual level factors affect relationships. Second, is identifying and assessing the causes and consequences of outcome disparities and inequities in police service delivery. Her prior research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics and she has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, honors and fellowships.

Professor Headley teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on public management as well as criminal justice administration and policy.

She has worked with various public service organizations to conduct both applied and engaged research on issues pertaining to police-community relations. She uses these experiences to help inform her teaching and further her scholarship.

Areas of research

  • Police-Community Relations
  • Racial Equity
  • Public Administration and Management
  • Organizational Behavior



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