Chambers Lecture Series

Norm and Monever Chambers

The Chambers Lecture Series was established through the generosity of Norman C. Chambers MBA’82 and Monever Chambers. From all walks of life, speakers offer an inside look at how to remain ethical and driven in a modern society even in the face of adversity and obstacles. Prominent Chambers guests have included Col. Eileen Collins, the first woman to pilot and command an American spacecraft; Tom Brokaw, American Television Journalist; author of Orange Is the New Black, Piper Kerman; and Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and undocumented immigrant.


Rosa Brooks

Tangled Up In Blue: Policing the American City

Rosa Brooks
Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Law and Policy, Georgetown University Law Center

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 | 6:00 PM
Gasson 100


Rosa Brooks is the Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Law and Policy at Georgetown University Law Center, where she founded Georgetown’s Innovative Policing Program. Drawing upon four years as a sworn, armed reserve police officer with Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, she challenges current policing practices and identifies ways to make policing more equitable—and more effective at protecting communities. The program she leads rethinks the role police should play in today’s diverse and democratic society and helps communities, police, and the broader legal system to work together to address the toxic legacy of racial discrimination and over-criminalization.

Along with her policing work, Brooks is an expert on national security, international law, constitutional law, and criminal justice. Brooks served as an unpaid advisor on defense policy to the Biden campaign, and during the Obama administration, she served as the counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.  She founded the Defense Department’s Office for Rule of Law and International Humanitarian Policy, and was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. Previously, Brooks served as a senior advisor at the Department of State under the Clinton administration. She has also served as a consultant for Human Rights Watch. She co-founded the Leadership Council for Women in National Security (LCWINS) and the Transition Integrity Project, a short-term project to conduct scenario-based exercises aimed at identifying potential risks to the integrity of the 2020 election and transition process.

Brooks is also the author of the New York Times 2016 Notable Book, How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything, an important and compelling examination of the role of the military today, told from her point of view as a former top Pentagon official and military spouse.  How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything was shortlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize and was named one of the five best books of 2016 by the Council on Foreign Relations. Her latest book, Tangled Up in Blue, recounts her experiences inside the usually closed world of policing— and offers a reality more complex than what the headlines suggested. Brooks speaks on the need for new laws and institutions, arguing that in a nation increasingly divided by race, class, ethnicity, geography, and ideology, a transformative approach to policing requires us to move beyond sound bites, slogans, and stereotypes.

Brooks has previously written a weekly column for the Los Angeles Times and Foreign Policy and makes frequent contributions to The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, among other publications. She makes frequent appearances as a guest and panelist on MSNBC, Fox, CNN, and NPR to speak on law, foreign policy, and political issues.

Brooks graduated from Harvard University, where she served as the president of Harvard’s undergraduate public service organization, the Phillips Brooks House Association. She earned her Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.

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