Frederick Wherry, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Imani Perry, Jonathan Mummolo

UPDATED: Princeton voices: Speaking out about police violence in the nation

Frederick Wherry (left), the Townsend Martin, Class of 1917 Professor of Sociology; Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, assistant professor of African American studies; Imani Perry, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies; and Jonathan Mummolo, assistant professor of politics and public affairs.

During times of national crisis — such as the one we are facing around racial justice and policing — voices across Princeton University speak directly to the moment. The University is grounded in a mission of teaching and research, and our scholars, experts and alumni are joining the national dialogue in the context of the trial of Derek Chauvin after the death of George Floyd.

As our country continues to grapple with this crisis in light of the recent deaths of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Minneapolis and 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago, several Princeton faculty members and alumni are appearing in virtual public conversations and using opinion pieces, media appearances, and social media conversations to help navigate a path forward, drawing on their research as well as their own personal experiences.

Read, view and listen to some of their contributions to this national conversation.

Closer to home, Princeton is also offering resources to the University community, including virtual processing spaces, for help in grappling with this topic on a more personal level.

Faculty: In the media and research

Alumni: In the media


  • April 9: Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, recorded webinar "Protest, Political Violence and Inequality" with Nathan Kalmoe, associate professor of political communication, Louisiana State University; Mona Leena Krook, professor of political science, Rutgers University; Omar Wasow, assistant professor of politics, Princeton; and Ali Valezuela, assistant professor of politics, Princeton.
  • April 27. "Unmasking the Arts: Looking to the Future," an online conversation with clarinetist Anthony McGill, who spearheaded the #TakeTwoKnees movement last summer in his response to the killing of George Floyd, challenging fellow musicians and Americans to draw attention to the problem of racism in their own personal ways and opening the door for music to serve as a powerful voice within the fight for social justice. He joins series host Helga Davis of WNYC for an intimate conversation touching on this experience and what this past year has meant for him as a citizen, a musician and a human being. This episode will stream on Princeton University Concerts' YouTube and Facebook pages.
  • April 29. "The Chauvin Verdict: A Psychological, Legal and Societal Reckoning." In this vital conversation, Jonathan Mummolo, assistant professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton, civil rights attorney Caroline Clark, and Dr. George James, therapist and assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson University, will break down the trial of Derek Chauvin and discuss the outcome. The conversation will center on the political aspects and race in policing and civilian-police interactions past, present and future. Panelists will also focus on the effects of trauma stemming from the trial and the continued killings and deaths of Black and Brown bodies at the hands of state violence. Moderated by Soorya Baliga, youth adviser for Not in Our Town Princeton. Cosponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Not in Our Town Princeton. Register online.
  • May 17: Office of Population Research public conversation The State of Black Americawith panelists Ta-Nehisi Coates; Kathryn Edin, the William Church Osborn Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs; Patrick Sharkey, professor of sociology and public affairs; Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, assistant professor of African American studies; and Frederick Wherry, the Townsend Martin, Class of 1917 Professor of Sociology.