Brian C. Renauer, Ph.D.

Alex Pichel

Biography

Dr. Brian C. Renauer is a CCJ professor and Director of PSU’s Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute. Dr. Renauer received his Ph.D. from State University of New York at Albany, one of the top ranked doctoral programs in Criminology & Criminal Justice. His research interests focus on policing and police and community. Dr. Renauer’s work includes the Police Community Interaction Project funded by the National Institute of Justice which led to the development and testing of measurement tools for police and communities to realize the strength (or weakness) of their partnerships in building community. He has also studied citizen involvement in community efforts to improve neighborhood sustainability. Dr. Renauer has continued to conduct a variety of community-level research projects with police departments and crime prevention programs.

Dr. Renauer also works with Oregon’s Law Enforcement Contacts Policy and Data Review Committee (LECC). The LECC is charged by the Oregon Legislature to explore community concerns about racial/ethnic bias in law enforcement practices, to offer technical assistance to agencies that desire to collect traffic stop data, to improve training for the state, and monitor public perceptions of law enforcement. Dr. Renauer is widely published, engages in a number of crime policy-related speaking engagements, is a member of the Multnomah County (Oregon) Local Public Safety Coordinating Committee, among a number of other policy-related roles. Dr. Renauer was also ranked in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education as one of the top “rainmakers” in the CCJ field for his research grant activity.


Education

  • Ph.D., Criminal Justice, State University of New York – Albany
  • M.A., Criminal Justice, State University of New York – Albany
  • B.S., Criminal Justice, Bowling Green State University