Department of Sociology
Ph.D. Arizona State University (Justice Studies)
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-0490
Critical Police Studies; State Violence and Racial Capitalism; Law & Society, Race and Class
Tyler Wall writes on the political and cultural economies of racialized state violence and security politics, with a specific focus on radical theories of police power and war power under regimes of racial capitalist order. He has published his work in a wide assortment of academic journals such as American Quarterly, Antipode, Radical Philosophy, Social Justice, Theoretical Criminology, Crime, Media, Culture, and Socialist Studies / Études socialistes, among others. His co-authored book, Police: A Field Guide, was published by Verso Books in March 2019. His co-edited book (with David Correia), The Nature of Police, is forthcoming from Haymarket Books. Currently, Tyler is writing a book manuscript (under contract with the University of Georgia Press’s Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation series) that takes the “police dog” as a diagnostic of the racialized dynamics of police, violence, animality, property, and capitalist “civilization.” He was also an editor for the volume, Destroy, Build, Secure: Readings on Pacification (Red Quill Press).
- Forthcoming. The Nature of Police (eds., with co-editor David Correia). Haymarket Books.
- 2019. Police: A Field Guide. Verso Books. (with David Correia)
- Under Contract: On the Hunt: Racialized State Violence, Carnivorous Capitalism, and the Police Dog (Working title). University of Georgia Press, Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation series.
- Destroy, Build, Secure: Readings on Pacification (co-edited with Parastou Saberi and Will Jackson). Red Quill Books. 2017.
- The Police Invention of Humanity: Notes on the “Thin Blue Line.” Crime, Media, Culture, 1-18, 2019.
- “For the Very Existence of Civilization”: The Police Dog and Racial Terror. American Quarterly, 68(4): 861-882. 2016.
- Ordinary Emergency: Drones, Police, and Geographies of Legal Terror. Antipode: A Radical Journey of Geography, 48(4): 2016, pp. 1122–1139. 2016.
- Building, Staffing, and Insulating: An Architecture of Criminological Complicity in the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order, 41(4): 96-115. 2015. (with first author Judah Schept and third author Avi Brisman).
- Legal Terror and the Police Dog. Radical Philosophy. 188 (November/December). 2014.
- Staring Down the State: Police Power, Visual Economies, and the “War on Cameras”. Crime, Media, Culture, 10: 133-149. 2014. (with second author Travis Linnemann).
- The Walking Dead and Killing State: Zombification and the Normalizaton of Police Violence. Theoretical Criminology. 2014. (w/first author Travis Linnemann and third author Edward Green)
- Unmanning the Police Manhunt: Vertical Security as Pacification.Socialist Studies / Études socialistes. 9 (2): 32-56. 2013. Also reprinted: Destory, Build, Secure: Readings on Pacification (co-edited by myself, Parastou Saberi and Will Jackson). Red Quill Books.
- ‘On Pacification: Introduction to the Special Issue’. Socialist Studies / Études socialistes. 9(2): 1-6. 2013. (with first author Mark Neocleous and second author George Rigakos)
- “This is your face on meth”: the punitive spectacle of “white trash” in the rural war on drugs. Theoretical Criminology, 17(3): 315-334. 2013. (w/ Travis Linnemann)
- Philanthropic Soldiers, Practical Orientalism, and the Occupation of Iraq. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 18: 481-501. 2011.
- Surveillance and Violence from Afar: The Politics of Drones and Liminal Security-Scapes. Theoretical Criminology, 15(3): 239-254. 2011. (with second author Torin Monahan)
- Imperial Laughs: A Soldier’s Song and the Colonial Present. Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order, 2010-2011, 37(2-3): 73-83. 2011.
- Engaging Empire at Home and in the Field: The Politics of Home-Front Ethnography in States of Emergency. Cultural Dynamics: Insurgent Scholarship on Culture, Politics, and Power, 23 (2): 127-141. 2011.
- Somatic Surveillance: Corporeal Control through Information Networks. Surveillance & Society, 4 (3/4), 154-173. 2007. (w/ first author Torin Monahan).
- Introduction. In Destroy, Build, Secure: Readings on Pacification (with Parastou Saberi and Will Jackson). Red Quill Books. 2017.
- “Do Some Anti-Poaching, Kill Some Bad Guys, And Do Some Good”: Manhunting, Accumulation, and Pacification in African Conservation. The Geography of Environmental Crime. Palgrave, edited by Gary Potter, Matthew Hall, and Angus Nurse. 2016. (with first author Bill McClanahan).
- Weaponizing Conservation in the “Heart of Darkness”: The “War on Poachers” and the Neocolonial Hunt. (with second author Bill McClanahan). In Environmental Crime and Social Conflict: Contemporary and Emerging Issues, edited by Avi Brisman, Nigel South, and Rob White, pages 221-238. 2015.
- Accumulating Atrocities: Capital, State Killing, and the Cultural Life of the Dead. In Towards a Victimology of State Crime edited by Dawn Rothe and David Kauzlarich, 33-44. 2014. Routledge. (with second author Travis Linnemann)
- “School Ownership is the Goal”: Military Recruiting, Public Schools and Fronts of War.” In Torin Monahan and Rodolfo Torres (ed.) Schools Under Surveillance: Cultures of Control in Public Education, 104-119. Rutgers University Press. 2009.