Baumer Conversations, Harley Etienne with Kareem Usher


Mar 17, 2021



United States


“Situating Fatal Police Encounters in Neighborhood Contexts and Urban Planning Knowledge” This presentation will discuss a spatial analysis of fatal police encounters in metropolitan areas, cities, and neighborhoods across the U.S. By understanding the ways in which neighborhood conditions correlate with and predict where fatal police encounters are likely to occur, urban planners may come to understand how police violence and efforts to curb it are implicated in efforts to revitalize urban neighborhoods and the quest for most just cities and places.

Harley Etienne is an associate professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He teaches in the areas of urban community development, inner-city revitalization, neighborhood change, urban poverty, and qualitative research issues in planning. Etienne’s research focuses primarily on the intersection of social institutions and their relationship to processes of urban neighborhood change. In 2014, Etienne co-edited Planning Atlanta (Routledge), which surveys the history, challenges, and successes of planning in that city from its earliest beginnings to the present day. In 2012, he published Pushing Back the Gates: Neighborhood Perspectives on University-Driven Change in West Philadelphia (Temple University Press). He earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Morehouse College, a Master of Arts in urban studies from Temple University, a PhD in city and regional planning from Cornell University and, a master of studies in law from Yale Law School.