Tom Clark will spend his year as CASBS working on a book about officer-involved shootings in the United States. While recent events have focused Americans' attention on high-profile civilian deaths, little is known about when, where, and whom the police shoot. After spending years collecting official records of all officer-involved shootings, both fatal and non-fatal, from hundreds of police departments across the country, Clark and his collaborators will offer the most systematic and comprehensive analysis of police shootings to date.
Clark is the Charles Howard Candler Professor in the department of political science at Emory University. His research focuses on American legal institutions, decision-making at the US Supreme Court, policing and public safety, and applied game theory and statistics. He has published numerous articles in academic journals as well as three books: The Limits of Judicial Independence (Cambridge University Press, 2011), The Supreme Court (Cambridge University Press, 2019), and Judicial Decision-Making (West Academic, 2020). He previously has been a visiting scholar at Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study-Toulouse.