Nick Camp is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology. Originally from Baltimore, he received his B.A. in psychology from Columbia University. Nick's research examines the influence of race in both basic psychological processes of perception and in the real-world context of policing. In doing so, he draws from research across disciplines and methodologies, ranging from surveys in community DMV offices to brain imaging.
Dissertation: Black and White Meets Blue: Race and the Social Psychology of Police Encounters
Nick's dissertation looks at racial disparities in the context, content, and consequences of everyday police encounters. Specifically, African-Americans are more likely than Whites to be stopped for more minor, discretionary offenses (such as a broken tail light), receive less respectful communication from police officers, and experience greater threat in these encounters. To examine the psychology of policing and being policed, Nick draws on community surveys, police traffic stop records, and footage from officer body camera.