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Robert Kane, PhD

Department Head, Professor, Criminology & Justice Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

Contact:

robert.j.kane@drexel.edu

215.895.2455

Kane’s teaching and research interests center around police authority and accountability, the ecology of urban policing and the intersections among neighborhood violence, justice and urban health. Kane has conducted field research in Philadelphia, New York City, Phoenix and the District of Columbia. He has worked with the police and other justice authorities in the Netherlands, England and Ireland.

Among other scholarly activities, he has recently written a book entitled Jammed Up for New York University Press based on research he conducted in the New York City Police Department on career-ending misconduct. To date, this was the largest and most comprehensive study of misconduct ever conducted in an American police department. He co-authored the book with former Arizona State University colleague, Michael White.

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

In the News

  • What Current Police Reform Efforts Lack: A Call to Federalize

    Robert J. Kane, PhD, a professor and head of the Criminology and Justice Studies Department in the College of Arts and Sciences authored a July 17 opinion article in The Hill about disbanding local police forces and federalizing them under the U.S. Public Health Service.

  • Police Reform Roundtable

    Robert J. Kane, PhD, professor and head of the Criminology and Justice Studies Department in the College of Arts and Sciences was interviewed on July 8 on WHYY’s “Radio Times” about police reform.

  • New Philly Cops Came From as Far as Fla., Chicago. Now, They Must Live Here.

    Robert J. Kane, PhD, professor and head of the Criminology and Justice Studies Department in the College of Arts and Sciences was quoted in a June 26 WCAU-TV (NBC-10) about new legislation that would mandate the city only hire police officers who have been living in Philadelphia for at least one year prior to job appointment.

  • Many Minnesota Police Officers Remain on the Force Despite Misconduct

    Robert J. Kane, PhD, professor and head of the Criminology and Justice Studies Department in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a June 25 Wall Street Journal story about the employment and arbitration practices of the Minneapolis police department.

  • Abolish Police? No, but Change Recruitment. | Opinion

    Robert J. Kane, PhD, professor and department head of the criminology and justice studies department in the College of Arts and Sciences, authored a June 8 opinion article for the Philadelphia Inquirer about changing the trajectory of American policing, starting with a different recruitment paradigm.

  • Philadelphia Seeks a Cross-Sector Solution to Gun Violence

    Robert Kane, PhD, a professor and director of the criminology and justice studies department in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in an Aug. 10 Route 50 article about Philadelphia pursuing a cross-sector solution to gun violence.

  • Philly Police Expand Homicide Unit as Authorities Struggle to Solve Murders

    Robert Kane, PhD, a professor and director of the Criminology and Justice Studies Department in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a March 4 WHYY/Newsworks.org article regarding the Philadelphia police’s homicide unit expansion and the code of "no snitching" culture.


  • Where do Police Officers and Reform Activists Find Common Ground?

    Robert Kane, PhD, professor and director of the criminology and justice studies department in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article on Jan. 11 regarding a new report that reveals surprising areas of agreement between many members of law enforcement and police-reform advocates. The story was also picked up by Yahoo! News.


  • Taser Shock Disrupts Brain Function

    Robert Kane, PhD, professor and director of the Criminology and Justices Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences was interviewed in an Oct. 25 BBC Radio 4 segment regarding his research on the effects of tasers on the brain. 

  • Why is Philly's Homicide Rate Going Up?

    Robert Kane, PhD, director of the Criminology and Justice Studies Program and professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Sept. 19 Philadelphia Inquirer story about Philadelphia’s homicide rate.

  • N.J. Relaxes Policy on Police Use of Stun Guns

    Research by Robert J. Kane, PhD, professor and director of the Criminology and Justice Studies Department in the College of Arts and Sciences, was mentioned in a March 4 WHYY/Newsworks story on New Jersey lowering its standards for stun gun use.


  • Kenney Tweaking Stop-and-Frisk More Than Ending It

    Robert Kane, PhD,professor and director of the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted inWHYY/Newsworks.org story about stop-and-frisk on Feb. 18.

  • New Research Shows Being Tased Can Cause Temporary Brain Damage

    A study on the effects of Taser stun guns by Robert Kane, PhD, a professor and director of the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, was featured on KYW Newsradio (1060-AM) on Feb. 13, the New York Daily News on Feb. 11 and Fast Company’s “Co.Exist” on Feb. 10.

  • What Does 50,000 Volts From a Taser Do to Your Brain?

    A study of the effects of Taser stun guns on cognition by Robert Kane, PhD, a professor and director of the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, was featured on NBCNews.com, Mic.com, Popular Mechanics and WHYY/Newsworks.org on Feb. 8.

  • Study: Tasers Could Lead to False Confessions

    A study of the effects of Taser stun guns on cognition by Robert Kane, PhD, a professor and director of the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Ars Technica.

  • Taser Guns' Impact on Brain May Undermine Police Questioning, Study Finds

    A study on the effects of Taser stun guns on the brain by Robert Kane, PhD, professor and head of the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, was covered by The Independent, International Business Times, UPI and PhillyVoice.com on Feb. 4 and 5.

  • What Happens When You Pull Over a Police Officer?

    Robert Kane, PhD, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story on Feb. 1 about civilians pulling over police officers.

  • Baltimore riots report: Police must train for 'large-scale critical incidents'

    Robert Kane, PhD, professor and head of the department of criminology and justice studies, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article on Nov. 17 about police training for non-normal events. The story was picked up by Yahoo! News.

  • Why FBI and White House Can't Agree Whether 'Ferguson Effect' is Real

    Robert Kane, PhD, professor and head of the department of criminology and justice studies, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article on Oct. 27 about the “Ferguson Effect.”

  • Can officers in Freddie Gray case get impartial juries in Baltimore?

    Robert Kane, PhD, professor and director of the criminology and justice studies department in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article on Sept. 2 about jurors in the Freddie Gray case.

  • Virginia Cop's Arrest Reveals Larger Cracks in 'Blue Wall of Silence'

    Robert Kane, PhD, professor and director of the criminology and justice studies department in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article on Aug. 18 about police accountability. 

  • Amid Withering Post-Ferguson Critique, Police Around the Country Look Inward

    Robert Kane, PhD, professor and director of the criminology and justice studies department in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article that was picked up by Yahoo! News on Aug. 9 about the one-year anniversary of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

  • The Pentagon's Prices

    Robert Kane, PhD, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the criminology and justice studies program, was interviewed in a May 18 KCRW-FM (Los Angeles) segment about Pentagon’s distribution of equipment to local police forces.

  • “When You’re at War, You Have to Have an Enemy”: How the Way We Talk About Crime Makes the Problem Worse

    Robert Kane, PhD, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the criminology and justice studies program, was quoted in a May 15 Salon article about “tough on crime” lexicon.

  • What Freddie Gray's Knife Says About Police Power in America

    Robert Kane, PhD, a professor and head of the criminology and justice studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article on May 7 about Freddie Gray and trends in policing. 

  • Cops in Freddie Gray's Death: Could Politics Tangle Prosecutor's Case?

    Robert Kane, PhD, a professor and head of the criminology and justice studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story on May 2 about prosecuting police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. 

  • Fairfax Police Commission Adds Outside Voices

    Robert Kane, PhD, a professor and director of the criminology and justice studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Washington Post story on March 14 about a new police commission in Fairfax County on the fatal shooting of John Greer in 2013.

  • Post-Ferguson, Are Cops & Civilians Able to Communicate on Police Shootings?

    Robert Kane, PhD, professor and director of the criminology and justice studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Philadelphia Daily News story on Feb. 11 about police shootings.

  • When Is It OK for Cops to Shoot a Moving Car?

    Robert Kane, PhD, professor and director of criminology and justice studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a VICE article on Jan. 30 about when it’s okay for police to shoot at a moving vehicle.

  • In Wake of National Unrest, Holder Visits Philly to Talk About Policing

    Robert Kane, PhD, professor and head of the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Jan. 14 WHYY-FM/Newsworks.org story about U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s appearance in Philadelphia as part of a nationwide tour devoted to soothing community relations with police. He was also featured in a Jan. 15 Philadelphia Magazine blog post about the story.

  • The Very Real Dangers of Tasers

    Research by Robert Kane, PhD, professor and head of the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, was mentioned in a Pacific Standard magazine article on the dangers of tasers on Jan. 2.

  • ‘Quality Over Quantity’ Leads To Success In Philadelphia Criminology Field

    Robert Kane, PhD, professor and director of the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on CBSLocal.com on Dec. 15 about careers in criminology. 

  • Police Misconduct

    Robert Kane, PhD, a professor and director of the Criminology and Justice Studies Department in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on WNYC-FM on Dec. 5 about police misconduct.

  • Taser's 50,000-volt jolt can mess up your brain

    A story on the research on the effects of tasers on the brain by Robert Kane, PhD, professor and director of the criminology and justices studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences, appeared on CBSNews.com on Oct. 15.

  • Taser's 50,000-Volt Jolt Can Mess Up Your Brain

    Robert Kane, PhD, professor and director of the criminology and justices studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a LiveScience.com story on Oct. 10 about his research on the effects of tasers on the brain.

  • Why Ferguson's police department uses military weapons

    Rob Kane, PhD, director and professor of the criminal justice program in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed in a Marketplace segment about the Defense Department selling equipment at bargain prices.

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