Section Editors


In the Journals

Ally Tedesco is an entering Master’s student in Anthropology at the University of Ottawa. She will complete her Bachelor of Social Sciences in International Development and Globalization in August 2020. Ally is interested in Indigenous and Afrodescendant resistance, settler-colonial history and relations, neocolonialism, and of course, policing, crime, and justice. Her work for ‘In the Journals’ is supported by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


Book Reviews

Paul Mutsaers studied Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht Uni. He worked at the Police Academy of the Netherlands (PhD), Tilburg Uni’s Dept. of Culture Studies (postdoc), Fontys University (lector) and is currently employed by Radboud Uni’s Dept. of Anthropology and Development Studies (AP). He identifies as a broadly interested anthropologist with expertise in policing, law & culture, (juvenile) justice, and kinship & childhood studies. His attention goes out to Europe and the Caribbean in particular.


Johanna Römer joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex in 2018 after working at New York University and Hunter College, the City University of New York. Funded by the British Academy, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Council for European Studies, her research focuses on punishment and the governance of migration as sites for conceptualizing inequality, citizenship, and legality, and engages with socio-legal studies, critical criminology, and scholarship on discourse and new media. This historical and ethnographic work situates legal systems in Spain and North Africa as sites of cultural contact, examining both how state power operates through scientific and legal categories—as well as how forms of commerce, commons, and confraternities in Mediterranean societies built alternative forms of political engagement. Her second project turns to the legacies of transnational cultural and economic networks bridging Spain and North Africa as they intersect with new national and international governance frameworks for the region.

Kristen Drybread teaches at the University of Colorado, Boulder. 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 Associate Professor of Sociology and Government & Public Policy at the University of Arizona, where she teaches courses about guns, criminal justice, law and politics and gender. She is the author of Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline (Oxford University Press 2015) and Policing the Second Amendment (forthcoming, Princeton 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 


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