Phillip Atiba Goff

University of California, Los Angeles

Research Initiative:

Phillip Atiba Goff, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, will complete a project on racial bias and diversity training in police departments. The Denver Department of Police has granted Goff full access to its force and use of force complaint records. Goff hypothesizes that several under-documented psychological factors help explain the real story behind police bias. For example, male officers find their masculinity more threatened by black men than white men, and, ironically, officers who are most concerned with being perceived as prejudiced are also the most likely to engage in biased policing.


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