Kat Matthews is a MA/PhD graduate student in the Department of Sociology at UCSB. Additionally, she is enrolled in the department of Black Studies’ doctoral emphasis. She earned her BA from Emory University where she graduated with honors with a double major in African American Studies and Sociology. Kat’s research interests lie at the intersection of race and policing, with particular attention to neighborhood level experiences of proactive policing in urban communities of color. Her current MA research explores police-citizen interactions in a historically black neighborhood using video data analysis to consider the ways bystanders resist unwanted police presence at home. She plans to extend her research of race and policing to her hometown, Milwaukee, WI for the dissertation.
Interests: race and racism, criminal justice, policing, and urban sociology