Joseph Young


 I am an MD-PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. My past research has involved ethnographic work in Russia concerning the adoption and adaptation of various addiction treatment modalities, particularly focusing on the proliferation of Twelve Steps-based models and the more recent introduction of opioid antagonist pharmacotherapy. My current research departs somewhat from these past engagements, while maintaining a broad concern with questions of how individuals and behaviors that are defined as deviant/dangerous become objects of scientific knowledge and subjects of evidence-based interventions within diverse institutional domains. My current project involves an ethnographic investigation of the emergence of a novel predictive policing technology within the context of an increasingly scientific and evidence-based field of criminal justice in the United States.

Research Interests

Urban Ethnography and Medical Anthropology; Ethnography of Policing and Security; Surveillance Studies; Actuarialism, Probability and Risk Governance; Recidivism Assessment and Management, particularly in Criminal Justice and Addiction Science; Big Data Assemblages and the Role of Virtual Modeling for Public Policy; United States and Russian Federation

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Dissertation Title

Impossible Terrain: An Ethnography of Policing in Atlantic City, New Jersey

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