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About Matthew Nesvet

Matthew Nesvet is a Lecturer and Ph.D. Candidate in Social Anthropology at University of California, Davis. He is also a researcher at The Centre for for Sustainability in Mining and Industry and the Social Anthropology Department at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Matthew undertakes ethnographic research and writing, investigative reporting, and radio, podcast, and documentary film production. He's taught numerous courses to undergraduate and graduate students in California, Chicago, and Johannesburg, including: Social Theory, Urban and Environmental Anthropology, Legal and Political Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Ethnographic Cinema, Introduction to Social Anthropology, Philosophy (various), and Critical Writing and Thinking. Matthew has received support from foundations and universities for his work, including the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Mellon and Hayman Foundations, AIDS Foundation, the UCLA and University of California, Davis Schools of Medicine, the European Association for Social Anthropology, and The University of California and UC Davis Humanities Research Institutes. Tweet @MattNesvet or point your browser to for more information or to contact Matthew.


Present Graduate Student, University of Chicago

Research Interests

Criminology, Political Economy, Law and Social Sciences, Criminalisation, Organised Crime, Crimmigration, and Critical Criminology

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  • Crime, Law, and the State
  • Seminar: Organised Crime and Corruption
  • Documentary & Ethnographic Filmmaking

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