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Tyler WallTyler Wall

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Ph.D.  Arizona State University (Justice Studies)

The University of Tennessee
917 McClung
Knoxville, TN 37996-0490

Phone: 865-974-7030
Curriculum Vitae

Interest Areas

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),Violent Order: Essays on 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. Violent Order: Essays on the Nature of Police (co-edited with 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.


  • Forthcoming.  “Fight the Reds, Support the Blue”: The John Birch Society, Blue Lives Matter, and the US Counter-Subversive Tradition. Race & Class.  (w/ Jarrod Shanahan)
  • “No Chance”: Policing’s Discretionary Violence as Public Secret (w/ Travis Linnemann). Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order.
  • 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).

Book Chapters

  • 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.

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