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Faculty Experts

Donald Tibbs, JD, PhD

Associate Professor of Law

Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Expertise:

law

Crime

race

Contact:

donald.f.tibbs@drexel.edu

215.571.4773

Tibbs is a professor criminal law and procedure. He came to the law school from the Southern University Law Center, where he was an assistant professor of law and director of the Institute for Civil Rights and Justice. He has published scholarly articles in several leading journals on the intersection of race, crime, law and punishment. He is also a legal historian with a special emphasis on the Black Power era, 1965-1980. He is the author of "From Black Power to Prison Power: The Making of Jones v. North Carolina Prisoners' Labor Union," (Palgrave MacMillan 2012).


For news media inquiries, contact Emily Storz at els332@drexel.edu, 215.895.2705 (office) or 609.351.3592 (cell). 

In the News

  • Senator Jeff Sessions, Race and Law Enforcement

    Donald Tibbs, JD, PhD, an associate professor in the Kline School of Law, was interviewed in a Jan. 22 WHYY/Newsworks.org story about how the appointment of Sen. Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General could affect cases involving police shooting unarmed people of color.

  • Why a Dash-Cam Video of a Police Shooting Might Not Be a Smoking Gun

    Donald Tibbs, JD, associate professor of law in the Kline School of Law, was quoted in a Washington Post story on Dec. 28 about the use of dash-cam video in prosecuting police shootings.

  • Race, Gender and the Politics of Police Violence

    Donald Tibbs, JD, PhD, an associate professor in the Kline School of Law, was interviewed in a July 1 WHYY-FM “The Remix” segment about race, gender and the politics of police violence.

  • 'The Weird, Strange Narrative of Rachel Dolezal'

    Donald Tibbs, JD, PhD, an associate professor in the Kline School of Law, was interviewed in a June 17 WHYY-FM “The Remix” segment about the narrative of the Rachel Dolezal story.

  • Seared into City's Memory, MOVE Tragedy Holds Lessons That Still Resonate

    Donald Tibbs, JD, PhD, an associate professor in the Kline School of Law, was quoted in a WHYY/Newsworks.org story on May 13 about the MOVE bombing, which occurred 30 years ago.

  • Violence, Incarceration Take Thousands of Black Men from Philly Streets

    Donald Tibbs, JD, PhD, an associate professor in the Kline School of Law, was quoted in a WHYY/Newsworks.org story on April 21 about the incarceration rates of black men in America.


  • Cop's 'No Bail' Release Raises Questions of Fairness

    Donald Tibbs, JD, PhD, an associate professor in the Kline School of Law, was quoted in a USA Today story on Feb. 23 about a New York police officer charged with felony manslaughter who was released without bail. 

  • Are We on the Verge of a New Civil Rights Movement?

    Donald Tibbs, JD, PhD, associate professor in the Kline School of Law, was interviewed on WHYY’s “Radio Times” on Dec. 23 about whether or not we are on the verge of a new civil rights movement.

  • 2014-12-12 Protests across the US over Race Tensions

    Donald Tibbs, JD, PhD, an associate professor in the Kline School of Law, was interviewed on China Radio International on Dec. 12 about race tensions across the United States. 

  • What's the Agenda for Ferguson?

    Donald Tibbs, JD, PhD, an associate professor in the Kline School of Law, was interviewed about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, on WURD 900-AM on Nov. 26.

  • How Did the Ferguson Grand Jury Return With No Charges?

    Donald Tibbs, JD, PhD, an associate professor in the Kline School of Law, was interviewed on KTXL-TV (FOX-40) and KFBK-FM Radio in Sacramento on Nov. 25 about whether a grand jury should have indicted Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story that was also picked up by Yahoo! News.

  • Following Ferguson: Race and Police

    Donald Tibbs, JD, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Law, was interviewed on KTXL-TV FOX-40 (Sacramento) on August 26 about the grand jury hearing evidence in the case of the shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson.

  • Ferguson: Criminal Justice Perspective

    Donald Tibbs, JD, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Law was interviewed on EBRU-TV’s “Fresh Outlook” on Aug. 23 about the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

  • Shooting victim is violence’s latest unintended target

    Donald Tibbs, JD, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Law, was quoted in a May 8 Philadelphia Tribune story about young victims of gun violence.

  • NBA Bans Clippers Owner

    Donald Tibbs, JD, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Law, was interviewed on KTXL-TV (FOX-Sacramento) and KFBK-AM (Sacramento) on April 30 about LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist remarks.

  • Murder charges in Kansas City shooting: what's needed to call it a hate crime

    Donald Tibbs, JD, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Law, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article about hate crimes on April 15. The story was picked up by Yahoo! News.

  • The 50th Anniversary

    Donald Tibbs, JD, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Law, was interviewed on Sirius XM radio on April 1 about the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

  • Philly police to adopt sweeping interrogation reforms come Jan. 1

    Donald Tibbs, PhD, associate professor in the School of Law, was quoted in a Philadelphia Daily News cover story on Dec. 19 about the Philadelphia Police Department’s implementation of a new policy regarding police interrogations.

  • Drexel Professor Discusses Hate Crimes on "The O'Reilly Factor"

    Dr. Donald Tibbs, an associate professor in the Earle Mack School of Law, was interviewed on FOX News’ "The O’Reilly Factor" about hate crimes on September 11.

  • Academics discuss march’s impact

    Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Bill Rosenberg, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Donald Tibbs, an associate professor in the Earle Mack School of Law, and Dr. Kevin Woodson, an assistant professor in the Earle Mack School of Law, were quoted in a Philadelphia Tribune story on August 23 about the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

  • Stop and Frisk: Federal Court Ruling

    Dr. Donald Tibbs, an associate professor in the Earle Mack School of Law, was interviewed on EBRU-TV on August 17 about the NYPD’s recently struck down stop-and-frisk policy.

    Link to video (Part 2)

  • Quotes of the Day

    Donald Tibbs, an associate professor in the Earle Mack School of Law, was quoted on TIME.com regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on GPS surveillance.

  • Warrant Needed For GPS Tracking, High Court Says

    Donald Tibbs, associate professor in the Earle Mack School of Law, was quoted by the Associated Press in a story about the new Supreme Court ruling on GPS surveillance. The story has been picked up by hundreds of news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, CNN and National Public Radio (NPR).

Related Articles

  • Drexel Experts Available to Comment on 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

    On August 28, citizens from across the country will converge on our nation’s capital to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. President Obama will honor the anniversary of the famous civil rights march by speaking from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the same place that Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Experts at Drexel University in Philadelphia are available to assist the news media with their coverage of the event and its implications from a variety of perspectives.

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    Q&A with Donald Tibbs: Let’s Have More Race in the Courtroom, Not Less

    In the court of public opinion, the case against George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin may have centered on race. But in Florida’s 18th Circuit Court at Zimmerman’s trial, race was rarely mentioned. Evidence of a colorblind system? Donald Tibbs doesn’t think so.

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    Where Do We Go From the George Zimmerman Trial? Panel Will Discuss Race, Justice and Activism at Drexel

    The Africana Studies program in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences will host a candid panel discussion on race, justice and activism on Saturday, July 27. The discussion and question-and-answer session will take place from 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in Room 120 of the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (33rd and Chestnut Streets). It is free and open to the public.

  • Soledad O'Brien Joins Drexel for "Who is Black in America?" Documentary Screening

    Drexel University will host an advance screening of the documentary “Who is Black in America?” part of a multi-part series moderated by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien which explores issues of colorism and identity.