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Jeffrey T. Martin

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Contact Information

Department of Anthropology
607 S Mathews Ave.
M/C 148
Urbana, IL 61801

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Associate Professor
Interim Director of Graduate Studies for EALC

Research Interests

Sociocultural anthropology; policing, politics, law, security, justice, governance, administration and democracy; China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.


B.A in Mathematics, University of Oregon
Ph.D in Anthropology, University of Chicago

Courses Taught

ANTH 515 Ethnographic Methods and Sociocultural Theory

ANTH 499 Political and Legal Anthropology

ANTH 499 Police Science and Administrative Technology in China

ANTH 485 Anthropology of Policing

ANTH/EALC 470 Anthropology of Modern China

ANTH 430 History of Anthropology

ANTH/EALC 280 Anthropology of Martial Arts

GEOG199 Ferguson and Beyond: Race, Space, and Policing in 21st-Century America

GCL147 Police, Culture, and Inequality


Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, Anthropology
Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Associate Professor, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies

Recent Publications

Martin, J. T., & Zhou, L. (2023). Restoring Justice or Maintaining Control? Revolutionary Roots and Conservative Fruits in Chinese Police Mediation. Asian Journal of Criminology, 18(2), 133-153.

Martin, J. T., & Hoffman, A. (2023). Staying Cool in a Hot Spot: Epistemology, Ethics and Politics in Police Ethnography. In J. Fleming, & S. Charman (Eds.), Routledge International Handbook of Police Ethnography (pp. 117-133). Routledge.

Martin, J. T. (2020). Police Work versus Police Action: Justice, Discretion, and Arendt’s Theory of Politics. Society for the Anthropology of Work.

Martin, J. T. (2020). Weak police, strong democracy civic ritual and performative peace in contemporary taiwan. Current Anthropology, 61(6), 657-685.

Martin, J. T. (2019). Sentiment, Reason, and Law: Policing in the Republic of China on Taiwan. (Police/Worlds: Studies in Security, Crime, and Governance). Cornell University Press.

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