College of Business Administration Faculty Member Receives W.E.B. Du Bois Grant

By: Kent State College of Business Administration
KENT, Ohio - Oct. 20, 2016 - PRLog -- Shawn Rohlin, Ph.D., associate professor of economics at Kent State's College of Business Administration, and colleague William Horrace, Ph.D., of Syracuse University, have been named W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars and will receive a research grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to deepen their exploration of alleged racial bias in the Syracuse, New York Police Department.

The DOJ-funded study will build upon Horrace's and Rohlin's previous research assessing racial bias among Syracuse police officers during traffic stops. The new research will seek to understand the causes of racial bias, while analyzing the impact of officer experience and exposure on their inclinations for bias.

"This research could lead to important policy implications that could save lives," said Rohlin.

The National Institute of Justice, which administered the $280,000 grant under the DOJ, supports research that explores race and crime, and encourages scholars to analyze "the confluence of crime, justice and culture in various societal contexts."

"Dr. Rohlin's research contributes to greater understanding of the economic forces that shape a region and this work increases the potential to address societal injustice across the nation," said Deborah Spake, dean of the College of Business Administration.

In addition to serving as associate professor of economics at Kent State, Rohlin is the director of Kent State's College of Business Administration's Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation. His research specialties are in urban, public and labor economics. He studies how government policies impact local economic factors.

Rohlin has received the Junior Scholar Award from the Lincoln Land Institute, the David C. Lincoln Fellowship in Land Value Taxation, and his research as won the "Most Outstanding Paper" for Public Finance Review. Rohlin also conducted a recent study with colleague Nadia Greenhalgh-Stanely, Ph.D., associate professor of economics, on the Utopia East Pipeline Project. Proposed by Kinder Morgan, Inc., they concluded the project could bring an estimated $237.3 million to Ohio's economy.

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Kent State University's College of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) and one of the largest colleges of business in Ohio. The College has more than 4,300 students representing 50 countries with over 85 full-time faculty from 16 countries.

The college grants undergraduate through graduate degrees, and is one of only three public business colleges in Ohio with a comprehensive Ph.D. program. The MBA program is offered in an accelerated format. The Executive MBA program offers two tracks: one targeting corporate professionals and the other healthcare executives. The M.S. in Accounting and M.A. in Economics are specialized master's degrees for those seeking advanced study in these disciplines. The College also offers a Master of Science degree in Business Analytics (MSBA) that spans all industries and organizations. The college boasts 10 undergraduate majors, 12 minors and a Professional Sales Certificate program.

The college is listed as a Best Business School by Princeton Review, ranked as a Best Business College by U.S. News and World Report, one of only 23 accounting programs worldwide to be endorsed by the IMA (Institute of Management Accountants), ranked Top-Tier for Executive Education in North America by CEO Magazine and ranked by the SEF (Sales Education Foundation) for Professional Sales Education.

The college boasts an onsite Career Services Center and International Programs Office dedicated to business students, and operates the Global Management Center, the Center for Information Systems and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation all propelling scholarly research, establishing innovative industry partnerships and providing outreach to Northeast Ohio and beyond.

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