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 organising.


He is Research Associate with the University of Oxford's Centre for Criminology, and book review editor for Border Criminologies.  He 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 operationalise, moralise, and normalise local law enforcement protocols for assisting federal 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 government 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 and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.