Policing the World:

Entanglements & Convergences across the North-South Divide

March 24-25, 2023

David Rubenstein Forum, University of Chicago

This conference brings together scholars in sociology, history, political science and anthropology to explore policing from a comparative and global perspective. Existing studies of policing have tended to presume that policing in the Global North and in the Global South, or in the metropole and colony, are separate, distinct and different. Overthrowing the limitations of methodological nationalism, Eurocentrism and exceptionalism, this conference explores similarities, shared patterns, and conjoined histories of policing. We hope to encourage new conversations between scholars of policing who are already doing comparative or transnational work with those who focus upon individual countries and time periods.


Thanks to the UChicago Justice Project, the Center for International Social Science Research at the University of Chicago, the Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago, and the Program in Racism, Immigration, & Citizenship at Johns Hopkins University.

For assistance, please contact jgo34@uchicago.edu or hennam@uchicago.edu.