Carnegie Mellon University

RaShall Brackney

RaShall Brackney

Lecturer, Institute for Politics and Strategy


Dr. RaShall M. Brackney currently serves as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Practice at George Mason University. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Chief of Police for Charlottesville, Virginia and the George Washington University. Dr. Brackney retired as a Commander from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police after serving for more than thirty years. During her tenure as a law enforcement professional, she as been responsible for overseeing critical operations to include Special Operations, SWAT, Mounted Patrol, Hostage Negotiations, Crime Analysis, the Training Academy, Patrol Operations and Major Crimes. Dr. Brackney is a recognized expert in restorative and procedural justice practices in policing, community violence exposure, and reducing community trauma through relational policing.  

Dr. Brackney continues to serve her communities through Board participation include the Homewood Children’s Village (HCV), Alliance for Police Accountability (APA) and the Divided Community Project (DCP). Additionally, she has served on Executive and Leadership Boards for Operation Better Block (OBB), The Heinz Endowments: African-American Men and Boys Initiative, Amachi Pittsburgh, A Giving Heart, and Manchester Academic Charter School. 

Dr. Brackney earned BS (2009) and Master's (2011) degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and a PhD (2017) from Robert Morris University. Additionally, she has earned numerous professional certificates from Penn State University, The University of Delaware, The Command Institute for Police Executives, and the Police Executive Research Forum. Dr. Brackney is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia; the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection course in Washington, DC; Redstone Arsenal “Bomb School” for managers in Huntsville, Alabama; and Leadership Pittsburgh XIX.