Making policy equitable and communities safer

Dr. Cobbina is a sought after speaker on a diversity of topics related to criminal justice policy, policing, and corrections. In October 2018 she gave a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill about the state of women in the correctional system and the unique challenges they face, in which she called for specific policy changes to ensure women’s needs are met so they can successfully integrate into the community. In 2016, she was appointed by former Michigan Governor, Rick Synder, to serve a three-year term on the Board for the Michigan Correctional Officers Training Council. The goal is to improve the training and education of state correctional officers; develop minimum standards and requirements for correctional officers; and establish and maintain standards for certification/decertification.

Upcoming speaking

Panelist for “Police Reform and Criminal Justice Reform,” NC Divine Nine, August 20 at 7pm.

Guest Speaker, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” Postdoc Society of Cambridge, September 7 at 12pm.

Guest Speaker, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” Bowling Green State University, September 9 at 12:30pm.

New Book Podcast interview with Christina Gessler, September 11 at 1pm.

Guest Speaker, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” Georgia Southern University September 11.

Recent engagements

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot" presented at University of Arizona – February 20, 2020.

“Working Together for Systemic Changes in the Lansing Community.” Presented at the City of Lansing Mayor’s Interfaith Advisory Council, June 8.

“Is hiring more black officers the key to reducing police violence?” Presented at The Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR), June 22.

Panelist, Microsoft Criminal Justice Reform Townhall, June 23.

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Police Violence, Race, and Transforming the Criminal Legal System?” Presented at University of Utah, July 21.

Additional Past Engagements

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.” Presented at the Michigan State University Police Department, January 25, 2020. Author on Author-Meets-Critic Session. “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter, and How They Changed America.” American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, CA, November, 2019. “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter and How They Changed America.” Book presented at Muskegon Community College, October 30. 2019. “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: A Conversation with Social Scholar Jennifer Cobbina and Local Activist Jamell Spann.” Discussion at BookFest St. Louis, September 20, 2019.


Accepting inquiries for 2020 and 2021

Currently accepting speaking inquiries for 2020 and 2021 engagements. In your inquiry please include information about: desired dates, location, venue, audience profile and size, and session type.

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