Beatrice Jauregui

Beatrice Jauregui

Assistant Professor of Criminology
Centre for South Asian Studies at the Asian Institute


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Beatrice Jauregui is assistant professor at the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. Her research is concerned with how the lived experiences and subjectivization of persons working in security institutions reflect and shape dynamics of social order and state power. Jauregui’s book Provisional Authority (University of Chicago 2016) is an ethnography of everyday police practices in northern India. She is co-editor of Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency (University of Chicago 2010) and The Sage Handbook of Global Policing (Sage 2016), and author of numerous chapter contributions and research articles published in American Ethnologist, Asian Policing, Conflict and Society, Journal of South Asian Studies, Law and Social Inquiry, Public Culture, and Qualitative Sociology.

Professor Jauregui is currently conducting research on global police unionism with a focus on concepts of police labor, welfare, citizenship, and concepts of social justice in contemporary India.



2016. Provisional Authority: Police, Order, and Security in India. University of Chicago Press.

2016. Handbook of Global Policing. Co-edited with Ben Bradford, Ian Loader, and Jonny Steinberg. Sage.

  1. Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency. Co-edited with John D. Kelly, Sean T. Mitchell, and Jeremy Walton. University of Chicago.

Edited Journal Issues

  1. “Cultures of Legitimacy and Postcolonial Policing.” Law and Social Inquiry. 38(3).

Articles and Chapters

Forthcoming. “Police labor and exploitation: Case Study of North India.” Oxford Handbook of Ethnographies of Crime and Criminal Justice. Sandra M. Bucerius, Kevin D. Haggerty, and Luca Berardi, eds. Oxford University Press.

2018.“Police unions and the politics of democratic security in postcolonial India.” Qualitative Sociology 41(2): 145-172.

  1. “States: Police Powers.” International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Hilary Callen, ed. Wiley-Blackwell.
  1. “Intimacy: Personal Policing, Ethnographic Kinship and Critical Empathy in Northern India.” Writing the Worlds of Policing: the Difference Ethnography Makes. Didier Fassin, ed. University of Chicago.

2015.“World Fitness: US Army Family Humanism and the Positive Science of Persistent War.” Public Culture. 27(3).

2014.“Police and Legal Patronage in Northern India.” Patronage in South Asia,Anastasia Piliavsky, ed., Cambridge University Press: 237-258.

2014.“Provisional Agency in Northern India: Jugaadand Legitimation of Corruption.” American Ethnologist. 41(1): 76-91.

2013.“Beatings, Beacons, and Big Men: Police Disempowerment and Delegitimation in India.” Law and Social Inquiry.38(3): 643-669.

2013.“Dirty Anthropology: Epistemologies of Violence and Ethical Entanglements in Police Ethnography.” Policing and Contemporary Governance: The Anthropology of Police in Practice, William Garriott, ed., Palgrave: 125-153.

2011.“Law and Order: Police Encounter Killings and Routinized Political Violence.”  A Companion to the Anthropology of India, Isabelle Clark-Deces, ed., Wiley-Blackwell: 371-388.

2010.“Civilised Coercion, Militarised Law and Order: Security in Colonial South Asia and the Blue in Green Global Order.” Blurring Military and Police Roles, Marleen Easton, et al., eds., Eleven International Publishing: 57-78.

2007.“Policing in Northern India as a Different Kind of Political Science: Ethnographic Rethinking of Normative ‘Political Interference’ in Investigations and Order Maintenance.” Asian Policing. 5(1): 15-48.


2018.The Anthropology of Police. By Kevin Karpiak and William Garriott (eds). Theoretical Criminology. 

2018.The International Relations of Police Power in Settler Colonialism: The “civilizing” mission of Canada’s Mounties. By Colleen Bell and Kendra Schreiner. International Journal. 73(1):111-128. H-DIPLO.

Other publications

2017. Humanity, Intersectionality, Inclusion. #BlackLivesMatter Syllabus Project, Week 22.

2013. Vulnerability of Soldier Bodies in the Vietnam War. Collaborative Archival Photo Essay: Soldier Exposures and Technical Publics. Zoe Wool, ed., Public Books (Public Culture).

2009. If the Constable Could Speak: Notes on a Continuing Failure to Secure the Masses and Reform the Police in India. India in Transition. December.



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