SFC Senior Lecture Series - Perspectives on American Politics & Policies
Profs. Athena Devlin & Emily Horowitz, Co-Directors
Nov. 14: Belen Lowrey-Kinberg - The Application of Forensic Linguistics to Policing: The Case of Sandra Bland
Professor Belen Lowrey-Kinberg (Assistant Professor, Sociology & Criminal Justice, St. Francis) gives an overview of forensic linguistics, examines the escalation of language in Sandra Bland’s traffic stop, and discuss how theories from criminal justice and linguistics can help us understand police-citizen dynamics. Lowrey-Kinberg will explores questions with implications for police-citizen interactions, such as: How did a routine traffic stop become such a violent encounter? What interactional factors could explain such rapidly escalating tensions between an officer and a civilian? Analysis based in the field of forensic linguistics provides some clues.