Photo above: Johan Wahlgren for Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study

Dr. Peter Mancina is a cultural and political anthropologist who studies governmental power, policing, immigration control, everyday policy implementation, and social movement organizing. 

He is Visiting Scholar in the Center for Immigration Law, Policy, and Justice at Rutgers Law School and Researcher in the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University. Mancina also serves as a consultant for non-profit organizations, local government policy-makers, and universities.

His current work examines the manner in which “sanctuary city” and “sanctuary state” policies in the United States operationalize, moralize, and normalize local law enforcement protocols for assisting immigration enforcement authorities in deporting individuals convicted of crimes. Mancina is writing a book titled Sanctuary City in the Age of Mass Deportation examining three decades of local experimentation with implementing sanctuary city policies in San Francisco, California.

Mancina holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University, and his work has been funded by the United States National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, and the Rutgers Law School Pratt Fund