Media and Public Criminology

Expert Witness Reports, Testimony, and Reviews

Expert Panel Reviewer (July 8-10, 2020). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Special Emphasis Panel on “Research Grants to Prevent Firearm-Related Violence and Injuries.”

Expert Panelist (November 21, 2019). U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Pennsylvania State Advisory Committee briefing meeting on “School-to-Prison Pipeline: Disparate Discipline of Students of Color, Students with Disabilities, and LGBTQ Students.”

Expert Witness (for Plaintiff) (2015). U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Department of Justice; Mustafa-El K.A. Ajala v. Kelli West, et al. WDWI Case No. 13-CV-546-bbc.

Expert Witness and Litigative Consultant (for Plaintiff) (2012). U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Washington, D.C. United States of America v. Richardson Independent School District; Civil Action No. 3:70-cv-04101-O.

Public Presentations

Manifestations of Criminal Stereotypes. Martin Luther King Freedom School, Villanova University. (January 22, 2015)

Inside Ferguson: Punitive Consequences of Minority Stereotypes. ThinkFest, Philadelphia Magazine. (November 14, 2014)

Racial Disparities in the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Symposium on Race, Law and Justice: Strategies for Closing the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Partnership for Racial Justice: Brooklyn and Medgar Evers College, CUNY and Office of the District Attorney of Kings County. (February 14, 2013)

The Influence of Racial Threat in Schools. “Professor Speaks” Series, Villanova Inmate Alumni Association, Graterford Prison. (April 25, 2011)

Punitive Consequences of Racial and Ethnic Stereotypes. Martin Luther King Freedom School, Villanova University. (January 21, 2010)


Welch, Kelly (October 3, 2016). Vigilante campus-carry laws: A racially troubling paradox. The Huffington Post.

Conner, Jerusha O. and Kelly Welch (May 26, 2016). The other school bathroom issue: Strict monitoring policies at low-income and minority schools feed the school-to-prison pipeline. U.S. News and World Report.

Welch, Kelly (June 14, 2013). Could resistance to comprehensive immigration reform really be about ethnic stereotypes? The Huffington Post.

Media Interviews and Citations

July 21, 2020. Black and brown students are organizing to remove police from their schools. Citation in Colorlines, by Tracey Onyenacho.

June 8, 2020. Minneapolis council pledges to dismantle police. Interview on BBC World News Radio.

June 5, 2020. Policing in the US: “If coronavirus doesn’t kill us, the cops will.” Financial Times, by Joshua Chaffin.

March 9, 2020. Sheriff’s office profiles New Jersey student after school shooting thousands of miles away, lawsuit says. The Appeal, by Roxanna Asgarian.

March 23, 2017. School suspensions have plunged: We don’t yet know If that’s good news. NPR, by Anya Kamenetz.

October 6, 2016. Is it time to take a second look at stop-and-frisk? Christian Science Monitor, by Harry Bruinius.

July 9, 2016. ‘Black Lives Matter’ march steps off in North Philadelphia. 6ABC Action News.

March 9, 2016. Baltimore school police officers charged with assault, misconduct in incident on video. Baltimore Sun, by Colin Campbell.

October 1, 2014. Santa Barbara aftermath: how California is breaking new ground on gun control. Christian Science Monitor, by Daniel Wood.

July 30, 2013. Arkansas school arms teachers, teaches them to point and shoot., by Suzi Parker.

May 2, 2013. Teen girl expelled, charged with a felony for science experiment gone awry., by Suzi Parker.

April 2, 2013. Inside the NRA’s plan for guns in schools., by Suzi Parker.

March 25, 2013. What will cause a school to be labeled as racist?, by Suzi Parker.

January 18, 2013. Cops nab 5-Year-old for wearing wrong color shoes to school., by Suzi Parker.

August 13, 2013. How to revamp NYPD’s ‘stop and frisk’ policy? That’s the hard part. Christian Science Monitor, by Harry Bruinius.

December 11, 2013. Experts question school’s decision to suspend 6-year-old for kiss. Christian Science Monitor, by Gloria Goodale.

June 6, 2013.  Radio interview with Tommy Tucker. WWL (AM 870, FM 105.3)

January 19, 2011. Gardena High shooting raises question: How to keep guns out of school? Christian Science Monitor, by Daniel Wood.

May 23, 2011. Supreme Court orders California to slash prison population by more than 30,000. Christian Science Monitor, by Daniel Wood.

August 19, 2010. Case of soup-kitchen thief fuels critics of three-strikes laws. Christian Science Monitor, by Daniel Wood.

March 22, 2010. Evicting crime from The Palms. Orlando Sentinel.

March 11, 2010. Philadelphia Daily News

November 4, 2009. New LAPD chief known for innovative approach to gang violence. Christian Science Monitor, by Daniel Wood.