Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of Sociology

Content Description

1 online resource (ii, 88 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Steven F. Messner

Committee Members

Scott J. South, Ryan D. King


Group Threat, Police Force Size, Race Relations, Social Control, Workplace Demography, Workplace Segregation, Diversity in the workplace, Intercultural communication, Racism in criminology, Racism in the workplace, Police, Discrimination in law enforcement

Subject Categories

Criminology | Demography, Population, and Ecology | Sociology


Ethnoracial minorities have rapidly integrated into American workplaces over the last half-century, yet little research has examined the effects of this integration on wider social processes. Drawing from minority threat theory and the contact hypothesis, this thesis examines the impact of workplace segregation on metropolitan levels of police force size during the year 2010. Findings indicate that, net of controls, workplace segregation is associated with higher levels of police forces size. Moreover these effects are a stronger predictor of police forces than residential segregation. The thesis concludes with a relevant discussion on the research and policy implications of these findings.