Kevin G. Karpiak


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Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology


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  • PhD, University of California—Berkeley, 2009

Interests and Expertise

  • Political and Legal Anthropology
  • Critical and Cultural Criminology
  • Ethnography
  • Community Policing
  • Civilian Oversight of Police
  • Police Administration & Ethics
  • France & U.S.


Dr. Karpiak (he/him/his) is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology at Eastern Michigan University. He is Director of the Southeastern Michigan Criminal Justice Policy Research Project (SMART), co-editor of the Cornell University Press monograph series Police/Worlds: studies in security, crime and governance and General Editor of the blog Anthropoliteia: critical perspectives on police, security, crime and punishment around the world.  He received his PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley (2009), for which he conducted a multi-sited ethnography of French community policing reform. Since 2016 he has been conducting research on police oversight commissions in Washtenaw County, MI., and currently serves on the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office "21st Century Policing Compliance Commission." He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles & chapters as well as edited a special issue of the journal Theoretical Criminology and the volume The Anthropology of Police with Routledge press.  He regularly teaches several classes, including CRM 431: Policing in SocietyCRM 447W: Senior Seminar in Criminology, and CRM 666: Global Criminology.

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Curriculum Vitae [PDF]