Beatrice Jauregui

Associate Professor; Graduate Coordinator


Centre for South Asian Studies at the Asian Institute
Department of Anthropology

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Indigenous studies
  • Labor/Work
  • North America
  • Policing
  • Political organizing
  • Social movements
  • State violence
  • Security
  • Corruption
  • Political-legal ethnography
  • South Asia


Professor Jauregui’s research addresses how security institutions and actors reflect and shape dynamics of social order and state power. Her monograph Provisional Authority: Police, Order, and Security in India (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 Principal Investigator on the SSHRC Insight Grant funded project “Police Unions, Democratic Transformation, and Social Justice,” a comparative transnational study of organized policing, identity and labor oriented police associations, and police governance and politics in South Asia, Latin America, and the Turtle Island/North America.

Courses Taught

  • CRI335H1 Policing
  • CRI380H1 Crime, Gender, and Sex
  • CRI393H1 Human Rights and Security
  • CRI3110H1 Qualitative Research Methods


  • 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.
  • 2010. Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency. Co-edited with John D. Kelly, Sean T. Mitchell, and Jeremy Walton. University of Chicago.
Edited Journal Issues
  • 2013. “Cultures of Legitimacy and Postcolonial Policing.” Law and Social Inquiry.38(3).
Articles and Chapters
  • 2024. "Police work and the politics of expendability in India." Security Dialogue.
  • 2023. "Security labor and state suppression of police worker politics." Internal Security in India: Violence, Order, and the State. Amit Ahuja and Devesh Kapur (eds). Oxford University Press: 349-370.
  • 2023. "Police ethnography, extraction, and abolition." Handbook of Police Ethnography. Sarah Charman and Jenny Fleming (eds). Routledge: 353-372.
  • 2022. "Police worker politics in India, Brasil, and beyond." Comparative Policing Review / Policing and Society. 1/32(3): 271-290.
  • 2022. "Security labor and lawfare: subjectification and subjugation of police workers in India." Law and Social Inquiry. 47(2): 420-448.
  • 2021. “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.
  • 2018. “States: Police Powers.” International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Hilary Callen, ed. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • 2017. “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
Other publications


BA, University of Pennsylvania
MA, Anthropology, University of Chicago
PhD, Anthropology, University of Chicago