About the Center on Transnational Policing

The Center on Transnational Policing (CTP) is a collaborative research hub founded by Laurence Ralph and Aisha Beliso-De Jesús. It brings together scholars at different levels (undergraduate, graduate, and members of the professoriate) to understand policing in the U.S. and internationally. Through interdisciplinary scholarship, methodological innovation, and public symposia, CTP seeks to develop an interactive model of anthropology that fosters a robust intellectual and civic dialogue on issues of policing in various countries. Towards this end, the Center’s ongoing research areas cover such topics as Public Policy, Race, Militarization, Religion, and Mass Incarceration. These issues form the core of CTP’s research mission and public outreach through lectures, conferences, and workshops.

The Center offers research opportunities for undergraduate students and graduates through its core research areas. Princeton undergraduate students can conduct research on junior and senior thesis projects related to policing. They also have opportunities to work as research assistants and explore the current climate of policing. Princeton graduate students have the opportunity to join a research collaborative team investigating collective questions through international doctoral level and master’s level research. They contribute to CTP’s larger questions on policing, in some cases, by conducting individualized research projects in specific countries. By so doing, they help develop new theoretical frameworks and engage in the question of policing transnationally. Through these efforts, CTP serves as an important site for research, scholarship, teaching, and public engagement on the issue of race and policing globally.

For inquiries regarding the Center, its programming and initiatives, please contact either of the co-directors or the program manager.