UCL Institute of the Americas


Welcome to Kimberly Schreiber

1 July 2024

Kimberly joins the Institute of the Americas having been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship working on ' The Visual Politics of Broken Windows Policing'. 

Dr Kimberly Schreiber photo

This study will analyse the emergence of the broken windows theory of policing - a criminological theory that harnessed the visual status of urban property to predict instances of violent crime. It will examine the role that theories of photographic visibility and photographic images played in remaking the ideological meaning of the police between the end of the civil rights movement and the proliferation of broken windows policing. In bringing the methodologies of art history and cultural studies to bear on the history of policing, this project will shed new light on the broken windows theory and its inextricability from visual representation.