Department of Sociology

Jorge Derpic

M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Jorge Derpic



Political Sociology, Criminology & Delinquency, Urban Studies, Poverty & Inequality, Qualitative Methods


Jorge Derpic is a doctoral candidate in Sociology. His work focuses on state and collective responses to crime in Latin America. His dissertation expands the analysis of the lynching of alleged criminals in the city of El Alto, Bolivia, to examine what precedes and what follows these acts of collective violence. In specific, he studies the broader social factors behind collective, and sometimes violent responses to crime from residents of marginal areas, as well as the generally unfruitful attempts of state institutions to prosecute those who participate in these events. His other research interests include political sociology, criminology, urban studies, poverty and qualitative methods.

He is a Graduate Fellow at the Sociology Department’s Urban Ethnography Lab and a member of the Ethnographies of the State Group. The latter gathers researchers from across Latin America and the United States whose main interest is the study of bureaucracies, and state-civil society relations in the region.

For the academic year 2014-2015 he was selected as an Inter-American Foundation Fellow. His dissertation research has also been funded by the Foundation of Urban Regional Studies from Oxford University. And, during his time as a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, on several occasions, the Urban Ethnography Lab, and the Population Research Center, have also granted him resources to pursue his research.

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