Andrea Headley MS '15, PhD '18

Assistant Professor at Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy and Visiting Scholar of Race, Policing and Crime at the National Police Foundation

School/College: Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs


Dr. Andrea M. Headley is a public management, criminal justice policy and racial equity scholar. She is an Assistant Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and a Visiting Scholar of Race, Policing and Crime at the National Police Foundation. 

At the heart of her research lies the question, "How can we create a more effective and equitable criminal justice system?" She focuses within the context of policing to (a) identify and locate negative and adverse outcomes; (b) understand the organizational-, managerial- and individual-level causes and consequences of such outcomes; and (c) ultimately, uncover what works to improve inequitable outcomes while maintaining effectiveness. 

Examples of her past work include assessing police-community relations, analyzing dispositional outcomes in citizen complaints, evaluating the effects of race during use of force encounters, evaluating body-worn cameras, and analyzing accountability mechanisms in policing.

Dr. Headley has published research in peer-reviewed journals, presented work at academic and practitioner conferences and has been featured in news outlets such as ABC, CBS and PBS. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate specialized courses on criminal justice policy and generalist courses on public management.

Prior to her time at Georgetown, Dr. Headley was an Assistant Professor in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University and a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Affairs and Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Science Education in Human and Social Development from the University of Miami.