Mark Benton

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Working Title
Senior Research Analyst
People Type
137 B Middlebush Hall

MPA from St. Louis University

BA from St. Louis University, Sociology

Research Emphasis

Police Diversity Management

Public Administration Theory

Mixed-Methods Research


Mark Benton is a PhD candidate at the Truman School examining apologies and policy implementation as they relate to police legitimacy among African Americans. He received his Master's in Public Administration from St. Louis University, and prior to that he served with Americorps VISTA. In addition to his desire to improve police community relationships, he is also interested in general public management topics and mixed methods research. He has had research accepted in the journals Administration & Society, The American Review of Public Administration, and Public Integrity. 

Courses Taught
  • POLS 1100 American Government
  • PA 1000 Principles of Public Policy Administration
Selected Publications
  • Benton, Mark. 2021. Communicating Reform: Testing an apology for policing’s history as a supplement to a policy communication. American Review of Public Administration. In Press.
  • Benton, Mark. 2021. Public justifications for the United States’ minimum wage. Industrial Relations Journal, 52(4), 331-324.
  • Benton, Mark. 2020 Representation is not enough: Symbolic representation and perceptions of the police. Administration & Society, 52(5), 794-822.
  • Cropf, Robert. & Benton, Mark. 2019. Towards a working model of e-Participation in Smart Cities: What the Research Suggests. In C. Reddick (Ed.), E-Participation in smart cities: Technologies and models of governance for citizen engagement. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag.
  • Benton, Mark. 2018. ‘Saving’ the city: Harland Bartholomew and administrative evil in St. Louis. Public Integrity, 20(2), 194-206.