2019 Bellmon Lecture of Public Service
Steven Manyard-Moody presented the 18th annual Bellmon Lecture of Public Service at Oklahoma Memorial Union on April 11. Manyard-Moody's talk was titled "How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship". The event garnered a great turnout with about 60 faculty, staff and students in attendance.
This year's lecturer is a professor of public affairs and administration at the University of Kansas and director of the Institute for Policy and Social Research. His research interests include street-level bureaucracy and socio-legal studies. Manyard-Moody and Michael Musheno wrote a book on street-level bureaucracy, Cops, Teachers, Counselors: Stories from the Front Lines of Public Service (University of Michigan Press, 2003), and he recently completed a book on police stops, Pulled Over: The Racial Framing of Police Stops, with Charles Epp and Donald Haider-Markel (University of Chicago Press, 2013). Both of these books are based on original research funded by the National Science Foundation.
To begin his lecture, Manyard-Moody gave a brief background on his research regarding the correlation between traffic stops and racism. He then showed a video of a young man being pulled over by policeman for a routine traffic violation, only to be subject to search and K9 inspection.
Manyard-Moody eloquently presented the findings of his research to the audience, involving the crowd by asking them of their own experiences with traffic stops.
Manyard-Moody kept the crowd engaged by asking open-ended questions and taking specific inquiries from the crowd throughout the lecture.
At the conclusion of his lecture, he opened up the floor for a question-and-answer session. The audience had many thought-provoking and engaging questions, and Manyard-Moody gave more insight on his findings while answering the crowd's questions.
As the question and answer portion of the evening came to an end, Department of Political Science Chair Scott Robinson invited attendees to stick around to enjoy a small reception with Manyard-Moody. Students and faculty members enjoyed a mashed potato-tini bar while they mingled with colleagues and the guest lecturer.