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Academic Dean for Faculty Engagement
Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment


In the years since the onset of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement—and especially since the Ferguson uprising—scholars have tried to understand how the movement has affected public life in the United States. The scholarship overwhelmingly shows that periods of intense BLM protest have generated high levels of public awareness about systemic racism and increased support for criminal justice reform. Police homicides have declined in areas with BLM protests. And liberals exposed to BLM protests were more supportive of candidates who condemned systemic racism and supported criminal justice reform in the 2020 elections.


Chenoweth, Erica. "The Democratic Necessity of Reckoning." The Review of Politics 86.2 (Spring 2024): 238-241.