Alex S. Vitale is Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College and a Visiting Professor at London Southbank University. He has spent the last 30 years writing about policing and consults both police departments and human rights organizations internationally. Prof. Vitale is the author of City of Disorder: How the Quality of Life Campaign Transformed New York Politics and The End of Policing. His academic writings on policing have appeared in Policing and Society, Police Practice and Research, Mobilization, and Contemporary Sociology. He is also a frequent essayist, whose writings have been published in The NY Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, The Nation, Vice News, Fortune, and USA Today. He has also appeared on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, PBS, Democracy Now, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
Areas of Interest:
Policing, Police abolition, prison abolition, community organizing, racial justice, alternatives to policing
- How Much Do We Need The Police? (Interview with NPR)
- ‘Starve the Beast’: A Q&A With Alex S. Vitale on Defunding the Police (The Nation)
- “Policing Is Fundamentally a Tool of Social Control to Facilitate Our Exploitation” (Jacobin)
- "We have to articulate a different vision of justice”: Alex S Vitale on why the police should be abolished (New Statesman)