My research agenda is broad; I chase down quality research questions, wherever it takes me. Generally, I am a peace scientist focused on the violation and protection of human rights, especially within developed democracies. In my work on American policing, I investigate the structural policy elements that produce violations by armed agents of the state against its citizens. In my work on media representations of violence, I investigate the construction of public narratives that excuse, justify, and obfuscate human rights violations in democratic states.


  • Delehanty, Casey and Erin Kearns. 2020. "Wait, there's torture in Zootopia? Examining the prevalence of torture in                 popular movies." Forthcoming in PS: Political Science and Politics

  • Delehanty, Casey, Jack Mewhirter, Ryan M. Welch and Jason Wilks. 2017. "Militarization and police violence: The case of the

          1033 program." Research and Politics. (link)

research featured in

  • Big Think. 2020. "Study: Militarization of police does not reduce crime." (link)

  • Business Insider. 2020. "Portland is living in America's Terrifying Future." (link)

  • WUNC. 2020. "Who is Most at Risk for Police Violence?" (link)

  • Fox Business. 2020. "Are Police in America Militarized?" (link)

  • Boise State Public Radio. 2020. "As Federal Programs Continue to Militarize Campus Cops, Some Universities Reconsider." (link)

  • Salon. 2020. Police, Prisons, and the Pentagon." (link)

  • MinnPost. 2020. "Arming police with lots of military gear has done more harm than good." (link)

  • The Nation. 2020. "Defund the Pentagon, Too." (link)

  • Countercurrents. 2020. "Defunding America's Wars at Home and Abroad." (link)

  • CommonDreams. 2020. "Police, Prisons, and the Pentagon." (link)

  • Raleigh News & Observer. 2020. "Militarized Force and Aggressive Policing. What's in Triangle police arsenals?" (link)

    • Reprinted in:

      • Charlotte Observer

      • Yahoo! News

      • The Herald-Sun

  • New York Times. 2020. "What is to Be Done About American Policing?" (link)

  • MSN. 2020. "American policing is broken. Here's what's wrong and 7 ways experts say we can fix it." (link)

  • GlobalResearch. 2020. "Demilitarizing the police and ending 'qualified immunity'" (link)

  • Columbus Dispatch. 2020. "Defunding police won't fly with voters. Demilitarize instead." (link)

  • 2020. "Those who seek to defund police might want to think about the consequences." (link)

  • Connecticut Mirror. 2020. "Connecticut police receive millions of dollars in military equipment from a program that's under fire." (link)

  • The Atlantic. 2020. "Stop Training Police Like They're Joining the Military." (link)

  • MSN. 2020. "What does 'defund the police' actually mean?" (link)

  • Quartz. 2020. "How cities can reimagine their police forces and still fight crime." (link)

  • BBC News. 2020. "Seven Solutions to US Police Problems." (link)

  • Forbes. 2020. "Why the ACLU, Black Lives Matter, and Others Want to 'Defund the Police' while this Weapons Supplier Disagrees." (link)

  • The Raw Story. 2020. "Militarizing the Police Makes them More Violent." (link)

  • Fox News. 2020. "How to actually stop police brutality, according to science." (link)

  • The Guardian. 2020. "Why are some US police forces equipped like military units?" (link)

  • Mic. 2020. "How the US taught its police officers that protesters are 'the enemy.'" (link)

  • Salon. 2020. "Why militarizing police makes them more violent." (link)

  • Arstechnica. 2020. "The Pentagon's hand-me-downs helped militarize police. Here's how." (link)

  • CBS News. 2020. "Protests renew calls to halt police access to military weapons." (link)

  • Yahoo! News. 2020. "Research shows there are at least 6 proven ways to reduce police brutality-- and 2 strategies that don't work." (link)

  • The Atlantic. 2020. "When Police View Citizens as Enemies." (link)

  • The New York Times. 2020. "Why George Floyd Won't Be the Last American Killed by the Police." (link)

  • The Washington Post. 2020. "Explaining the militarized police response to protesters after the killing of George Floyd." (link)

  • The Atlantic. 2020. "How Police Brutality Gets Made." (link)

  • Tuscaloosa News. 2020. "Torture Prevalent in Movies, UA Researchers Say." (link)

  • Salon. 2018. "We now have a terrifying, militarized law enforcement system." (link)

  • Washington Post. 2017. "Does military equipment lead police officers to be more violent? We did the research." (link)

  • The Economist. 2017. "The rhetorical power of 'support our troops.'"(link)

  • Slate. 2017. "Schools and airports prohibit open carry. Can protest zones do the same? (link)

  • Newsweek. 2017. "Sessions giving military equipment to the cops will lead to more violence." (link)

  • Salon. 2018. "We now have a terrifying, militarized law enforcement system." (link)

public-facing scholarship/interviews

  • Delehanty, Casey. "Police with lots of military gear kill civilians more often than less-militarized officers." The Conversation (link)

    • Reprinted in:

      • MSN

      • Yahoo! News

      • The Daily Beast

      • The National Interest

      • Alternet

      • Foreign Affairs New Zealand

      • The Raw Story

      • Lincoln Journal-Star

      • The North Platte Telegraph

      • The Roanoke Times

      • Winston-Salem Journal

      • Dispatch-Argus

      • The Omaha World-Herald

      • Bristol Herald Courier

      • Star-Herald

      • Bozeman Daily Chronicle

      • Idaho Press

      • San Antonio Express-News

      • Shelton Herald

      • Seattle Post-Intelligencer

      • Fairfield Citizen

      • Greensboro News & Record

      • The Darien Times

  • Raleigh News & Observer. 2020. "Militarized Force and Aggressive Policing. What's in Triangle police arsenals?" (link)

    • Reprinted in:

      • Charlotte Observer

      • Yahoo! News

      • The Herald-Sun

  • The State. 2020. "Pentagon Gave $64 Million of Equipment to SC Police Under Federal Program." (link)

  • ABC11. 2020. "Chokeholds considered 'deadly use of force' in many local police departments, sheriff's offices." (link)

  • Daily Mail. 2020. "Police Received $210M worth of military equipment from the government." (link)

  • Charlotte Observer. 2020. "Do Police need armored trucks? Law Enforcement near Charlotte get military equipment." (link)

  • The Defense Post. 2020. "Police Departments Benefit from Police Militarization Program, but at what Cost to Communities." (link)

conference presentations

  • Delehanty, Casey and Erin. M. Kearns. 2019. "Wait, there's torture in Zootopia? Examining the prevalence of torture in popular

           films." Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference, 2019.

  • Delehanty, Casey. "Salience of threat: the effects of dissident violence and ethnic diversity on internal displacement." Presented at

           the Midwest Political Science Association Conference, 2013.

  • Delehanty, Casey. "The logic of internal displacement in civil war." Presented at the International Studies Association Conference,