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About Matthew Nesvet

Matthew Nesvet is a Ph.D. Candidate and Lecturer in Social Anthropology with a focus on Criminology, Law and Society and Political Economy at University of California, Davis. He is also a Researcher at The Centre for for Sustainability in Mining and Industry and the Social Anthropology Dept at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Nesvet undertakes both ethnographic and quantitative research on criminalisation and the political economy of organised and corporate crime. As well, he makes documentary films, and organises and curates shows that intersect social research with the arts. Nesvet splits his time between Johannesburg South Africa and California; he undertakes research and related projects in both these places as well as elsewhere in Africa and North America.


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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