Trained in criminology, social psychology, and social policy, Brenda Bond is in the “business of policing.” Her research specializes in public safety, making her the perfect fit for the Sawyer Business School’s Institute for Public Service.
Bond, an assistant professor of public administration, has conducted research across the country, published her work in prestigious journals, and been cited in major media outlets, including The Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal. She embarks on all new projects with one goal in mind—to have a positive impact on local communities. “It’s supposed to matter,” she says. “It’s supposed to be actionable.”
Last June, she published a new book, Looking Beyond Suppression: Community Strategies to Reduce Gang Violence, with co-editor and Associate Professor of Sociology Erika Gebo. A collection of articles written by experts in the field, this book synthesizes Bond’s latest research. For the past six years, she and Gebo received funding from the Executive Office of Public Safety in Massachusetts to assess public safety policy and legislation’s impact on gang violence in Boston, Springfield, and Lowell.
She also participates in a federal forecasting group within the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) that studies the effectiveness of police research and planning units in helping organizations improve themselves. This group’s work guides public safety agencies in adopting evidence-based practices.
Although she has been selected as a research fellow for the Washington, DC–based Police Foundation and her work has national resonance, Bond maintains her emphasis on local communities. She coordinates a monthly “community of practice” meeting that allows industry leaders in Massachusetts to network, problem-solve, and share their experiences.
She brings this emphasis on local communities to her Suffolk MPA classes. “We have professionals here from across the globe,” Bond says, “and they are interested in working in the public sector in their home countries. Engaging such a diverse group of public service professionals in conversation is always a fruitful experience.”
Bond finds inspiration in her Suffolk students. “I admire their passion and interest in working toward a public good. Whether it be in municipal or state government, community non-profit organizations, or public safety,” she says, “my students have a true calling to work in a public service context.”
Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Office: Sawyer Building, Rm. 1045
Areas of Expertise
- Development, implementation and evaluation of public safety policies and practices
- Organizational change in criminal justiceSystematic and collaborative approaches to organizational and community challenges
PhD, MA, Brandeis University
MA, BS, University of Massachusetts Lowell