Kevin G. Karpiak

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Associate Professor

Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology


Interests and Expertise

  • Policing
  • New penology
  • France
  • Political, legal and urban anthropology
  • Critical, cultural and theoretical criminology
  • Science and technology studies
  • Bureaucracy
  • Globalization
  • Family
  • Sexuality


My research and teaching interests lie at the broad intersection between the social science of knowledge practices within political institutions and the anthropology of ethics. Specifically, I am interested in how changing strategies of policing and security are informed by practices of sociality. The first iteration of this broader research agenda, "The Police Against Itself: refiguring French liberalism", provides an ethnographic account of the ethical work undertaken by police officers, administrators, educators and citizens as they experiment with new forms of sociality "after the social moment" in France. I am currently developing this argument further through a second ethnographic project on how police use of social media refigures the practical content of all three terms. Before teaching at EMU, I taught at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po, Paris) and Assumption College (Worcester, MA). In addition to my personal blog, I've founded and maintain a group blog on the anthropology of policing, called Anthropoliteia.

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