Policing and Asian Communities

Call for papers for: Policing

Open for Submissions from June 19, 2021

Guest Editors:

Hyeyoung Lim, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Brian Lawton, Ph.D., City University of New York, USA
John J Sloan III, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA

The extant literature on police-community relations has almost exclusively focused on issues involving the policing of Black and Hispanic/Latino communities, largely ignoring Asian-Pacific Islander (API) communities*. Recent events including mass shootings involving API victims and spikes in hate crimes against Americans of API descent have brought to fore the fact that little is known about issues involving the police and API communities. This Special Issue will provide researchers and practitioners from around the globe an opportunity to identify and discuss these issues and propose practical policy solutions to them. This special issue will include the latest empirical studies on policing and Asian communities.  Themes may include (but are not limited to):  

  • Policing Asian communities
  • Anti-Asian discrimination in policing
  • Anti-Asian police practices
  • Asian perspectives on police legitimacy
  • Asian police officers’ experiences with and views on anti-Asian racism   
  • Historical aspects of police-Asian community relations
  • Policing Asian juveniles
  • Police responses to hate crimes against API community members
  • Global comparative studies on police-Asian community relations
  • Evaluation on Anti-Asian immigrant laws/policies’ effects on police-Asian community relations
  • Systematic reviews of the empirical literature on policing and Asian communities

* The term, Asian-Pacific Islander (API) communities, represent Asian people, Asiatic people, or Asian-Pacific Islander communities across the world, including but not limited to Asian or Asian-Pacific immigrant population and Asian descendant population.

A one-page abstract (due by January 15, 2022) should be submitted electronically to any of the Guest Editors whose emails are listed below. The abstract should contain details of the conceptual and methodological frameworks adopted/to be adopted for the study. Authors of selected abstracts will be notified by February 15, 2022. Final manuscripts are due no later than September 9, 2022. Authors should follow all formatting guidelines regular manuscript submission to Policing (e.g., 7,500 word limits inclusive of the abstract, tables, references, figure captions, footnotes, endnotes; see the instructions for authors). This special issue will be published in July of 2023. Questions about the appropriateness of topics should be directed to Drs. Hyeyoung Lim ([email protected]), Brian Lawton ([email protected]),  or John Sloan ([email protected]).    

All papers will be submitted online to ScholarOne Manuscripts https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pijpsm. Upon submission, authors will designate that the paper should be considered for the Special Issue – “Policing and Asian Communities.”

Policing: An International Journal covers the latest research on all topics relevant to policing that focus on theory, policy, and/or practice. Policing is a 'generalist' journal, and one that provides readers with a truly global and comparative perspective. Empirical articles are supplemented by 'state of the art' reviews on topical issues.

More information about the journal can be found at https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/journal/pij.

Brief Bios of Guest Editors*

Dr. Hyeyoung Lim is an Associate Professor of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her primary research interests include police decision-making, implicit bias, policy and program evaluation, organizational behavior, police legitimacy, and police-community relations. A recently developed line of her research focuses on cybersecurity and cyber policing.

Dr. Brian Lawton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at John Jay College, and currently serves as its Chair. His areas of research include police discretion and decision making, geographic correlates of crime, and the intersection of health and crime. He has worked closely with police agencies across the country engaging with them in both qualitative and quantitative research. 

Dr. John J. Sloan, III is Professor Emeritus of criminal justice at the University of Alabama at Birmingham whose interests include police training and education, security and related issues at postsecondary institutions, criminal justice policy, and professional ethics. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the COPS Office, and has appeared in such journals as Justice QuarterlyCriminologyCriminology & Public PolicyJournal of Criminal Justice, and Social Forces. He earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Purdue University.

* Full CVs are available upon request.