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James Brunet

Assoc Professor

Director, Public Safety Leadership Initiative

School of Public and International Affairs

James B Hunt Jr Centennial Cam 5145

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James R. Brunet is Associate Professor of Public Administration and Director of the Public Safety Leadership Initiative at NC State University. Dr. Brunet’s research broadly seeks to improve police performance and management. He is a recognized expert on the topic of social equity and writes on issues of fairness and justice in the criminal justice system. His work has been published in a variety of outlets including Public Administration Review, Administration & Society, and American Review of Public Administration. He is currently developing a virtual reality (VR) training program to improve cross-cultural relations between police and Latino residents. He directs law enforcement leadership and educational programs at NC State. He has taught thousands of public safety officials with many attaining command-level positions. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Siena College, M.P.A in Public Affairs from The University of Connecticut, and Ph.D. in Public Administration from NC State University.


B.A. Political Science Siena College 1988

MPA Public Affairs University of Connecticut 1990

Ph.D. Public Administration North Carolina State University 2003

Area(s) of Expertise

Police Management, Police Performance Measurement, Social Equity, Applied Ethics, Foundations of Public Administration


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