SAGE launches free-to-access research collection on structural racism and police violence


The new collection supports researchers, educators, and policymakers

A new collection of freely accessible social and behavioral science research related to structural racism and police brutality is now available on SAGE Journals. The collection aims to support researchers in their future work and amplify Black scholars’ critical scholarship; educators in discussions on systemic racism; and policymakers and community organizers in their efforts to create an equal society.

Articles cover topics including race and policing, how to address and discuss racism, activism, healthcare and inequality, and more. Examples of articles include:

  • “The Effect of a Complainant’s Race and Ethnicity on Dispositional Outcome in Police Misconduct Cases in Chicago” in Race and Justice. The authors find when filing police misconduct complaints, Black complainants are 4.7 times more likely to receive a ‘not sustained’ outcome. Their allegation is also 4.2 times more likely to result in the exoneration of the police officer.
  • “Premature Deaths of Young Black Males in the United States” in the Journal of Black Studies. The authors find there is a birth-to-premature-death pipeline that intensifies at ages 15 to 24 and adversely affects young Black males.
  • “Officer Race Versus Macro-Level Context: A Test of Competing Hypotheses About Black Citizens’ Experiences With and Perceptions of Black Police Officers” in Crime & Delinquency. To prevent erosions of trust between Black citizens and Black police officers, the officers find that substantiated officer misconduct must be met with swift and proportionate discipline to correct officer behavior.

Additionally, SAGE has curated a freely accessible selection of webinars, podcast episodes, and more to help individuals educate, inform, research, and learn.


Those with feedback or suggestions on how SAGE can better enable the crucial work of eradicating racism in all forms can email [email protected]

Sara Miller McCune founded SAGE Publishing in 1965 to support the dissemination of usable knowledge and educate a global community. SAGE is a leading international provider of innovative, high-quality content publishing more than 1000 journals and over 800 new books each year, spanning a wide range of subject areas. A growing selection of library products includes archives, data, case studies and video. SAGE remains majority owned by our founder and after her lifetime will become owned by a charitable trust that secures the company’s continued independence. Principal offices are located in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC and Melbourne.

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