Graduate student selected for social policy research grant

Matt Barno

Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy awards Matt Barno

Matt Barno, Ph.D. student in criminology, law and society, has been awarded a Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy research grant. Barno was selected for the $7,500 award for his research project, “Understanding Police Reform: A Case Study of the Los Angeles Police Department.”

A graduate of Harvard Law School (where he earned his J.D. in 2015) and UC Berkeley (where he earned a B.A. with high distinction in philosophy), Barno’s research empirically assesses criminal justice policies, programs, and practices using both quantitative and qualitative research methods. His dissertation project employs a mixed-method approach using archival, quantitative, and qualitative interview data to analyze the Los Angeles Police Department’s reform efforts both historically and contemporaneously. The project uses a historical analysis of past reform efforts to frame and contextualize current department reform efforts, thereby developing a new theoretical perspective for understanding change and continuity within police organizations. 

Barno expects to complete his Ph.D. in the spring of 2022.

Mimi Ko Cruz
Director of Social Ecology