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Paul Mutsaers earned a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Utrecht University and is now working as a Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Culture Studies, Tilburg University and as Researcher at the Police Academy of the Netherlands. He is currently translating five years of ethnographic research on the policing of migrants in the Netherlands into a dissertation that connects this issue to changing structures of responsibility within the Dutch police. This work focuses on shifts in police governance – in terms of organizational authority, officers’ discretion, bureaucratic rulemaking and –breaking, accountability, new managerial styles etc. – and their effects on ethnic minority police officers and neighborhood residents. Website


Johanna Römer is completing a PhD in sociocultural and linguistic anthropology at New York University. Her work focuses on the relationship between law, technology and bureaucratic cultures. She has completed ethnographic and historical research on governance in Spain, exploring contemporary and 19th century concepts of social reform and punishment.  

Kristen Drybread is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for the Study of Violence at the University of São Paulo. She completed her Ph.D. in Anthropology at Columbia University. Her work explores connections between democratic citizenship, humanitarianism, crime, and violence through the ethnographic study of crimes involving children and adolescents. Kristen has carried out long-term field research inside Brazilian juvenile prisons and among humanitarian organizations serving Brazilian street children. She has also conducted short-term fieldwork among prisoners recently released from Rikers Island in New York City. She has taught courses at Columbia University, Barnard College, Fordham University, and Hunter College. And her research has been funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays Foundation, and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), among others.

Tip of the Cap

Jennifer Carlson (PhD, UC Berkeley, Sociology) is an American sociologist who works in Canada at the University of Toronto, splitting her time between Detroit and Toronto.  She is the author of Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline, forthcoming in 2015 with Oxford University Press. Her interests include gender, criminology, socio-legal studies, political sociology and social theory, and her research focuses on guns, gun politics and gun crime. More on her research is available at, and you can follow her on twitter 


Jennie Simpson received her PhD in Anthropology and MA in Public Anthropology from American University. Her work focuses on police-based responses to people with mental illness, criminal justice and mental health systems collaborations, mental health and homelessness. As an applied anthropologist, Jennie has worked with police agencies in planning, implementing and expanding police-based responses to people with mental illnesses (Council of State Governments Justice Center) as well as provided criminal justice/legal expertise on an Assertive Community Treatment Team (Pathways to Housing DC). She currently works at the American Anthropological Association. Read more about her work on her personal website



Kristin Castner is a Ph.D. candidate in Criminal Justice from Temple University and earned an M.A. in Anthropology from The George Washington University. The focus of her current research revolves around topics in police surveillance & technology, proactive/personal policing models, intelligence lead policing and the policing of the police. Her thesis addresses the panoptic nature of police surveillance technology, as well as the impacts such technology has upon the personal relationships of officers with other officers. While attending GW, she was a student editor of the Anthropological Quarterly

In the Journals

David Thompson is currently a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, having earned a B.A. from the University of Sydney. His work focuses on prisons in Rio de Janeiro as institutions that subvert as much as they reinforce the established social and political order of the city; hosting different legal, political, humanitarian, evangelical, community and narcotic projects that then bleed out into the urban fabric of a city saturated with discourses on crime and justice. He has also previously written on protest movements in Rio, from the Occupy movement to the Summer 2013 demonstrations

Sean Miller is currently a Masters student in anthropology at the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies at the University of Ottawa, having earned a B.A. from Concordia University in Montreal. His work focuses on the perspectives on gentrification of residents of South Brooklyn with regards to their neighborhood, following the developments surrounding recent residential and commercial building developments in the surrounding neighborhoods of Clinton Hill, Williamsburg, and Bedford-Stuyvesant. His research interests, apart from gentrification, include governance, inequality, representation, and popular culture.