Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow

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Andrew McCall is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on what would need to happen for racial inequality in US policing to be eliminated.

Dr. McCall’s dissertation used agency theory to examine the consequences of increasing bureaucratic independence for the trajectory of racial inequality in arrests during the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. He chose this historical period because it saw national attention to and grassroots activism around the issue of racism in policing and significant changes to the methods, training, and oversight of US police departments. However, one feature remained startlingly constant: racial disparity in arrests. In his dissertation he argues that several historical features of US police departments incentivized professionalizing departments to perpetuate racially disparate practices absent the goal of focusing punishment on Black Americans. Thus, the increasing bureaucratic independence of police departments in the US would, by itself, have preserved Black-White inequality in arrests

Andrew earned a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Truman State University, before studying for a second BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He worked in Colorado state politics for two years before attending UC Berkeley for his PhD in Political Science.