Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph. D.

Department (Legacy)

Department of Justice Administration

Committee Chair

Higgins, George Edward

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Hughes, Thomas

Committee Member

Walsh, William

Committee Member

Frank, James


Racial profiling in law enforcement--Kentucky--Louisville; Discrimination in law enforcement--Kentucky--Louisville; Police patrol--Kentucky--Louisville


This dissertation examines traffic stops by the Louisville Police Department between January 1 and December 31, 2002 to see if racial profiling was evident. Focal concerns theory is tested as a theoretical explanation for racial profiling. The method of statistical analysis used is propensity score matching. The analysis examines all White and Black drivers, all White and Black male drivers, and all White and Black female drivers to see if there was evidence of racial profiling by the Louisville Police Department.