Project Title

Traffic Stops & Searches


Marina Gorsuch

Date Awarded




Project Description

Marina Gorsuch, PhD, Assistant Professor of Economics and Political Science was awarded $2,070 for Traffic Stops & Searches. Professor Gorsuch and colleagues analyzed data of the Minneapolis police department recently released. Including the officer-reported race and gender of all traffic stops and searches. Specifically, they analyzed patterns in the percent of those stopped who are searched varies by demographic factors such as gender, race, or ethnicity. The analysis definitely included an examination of the search rates for American Indian men and women, respectively, as compared to men and women of other groups. Consideration were given to factors that may explain any observed differences, such as possible links between American Indian women being trafficked into sex work and how this might affect police officers decisions.

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