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Mathieu Deflem

Title: Professor
Department: Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-3123
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Mathieu Deflem


Mathieu Deflem studied sociology and anthropology at universities in Belgium, England, and the United States. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 1996. His research and teaching areas include sociology of law, social control, popular culture, and sociological theory. Recent research projects deal with the culture of fame, law and visual sociology, anti-police violence, the policing of terrorism, and the sociological profession.


Substantive research interests: Sociology of law; Crime and social control; Popular culture; Sociological theory         

Current projects: Celebrity culture since COVID-19; Law and popular culture in Japan and the USA; The politics of Interpol.      


SOCY 393 Sociological Theory
SOCY 507 Sociology of Social Control
SOCY 540 Sociology of Law
SOCY 560 Advanced Sociological Theory 

Recent Publications


2022      (with Anna S. Rogers) Doing Gender in Heavy Metal: Perceptions on Women in a Hypermasculine Subculture. Anthem Press. 

2021      (Co-Editor with Derek Silva) Media and Law: Between Free Speech and Censorship. Emerald. 

2020      (Co-Editor with Derek Silva) Radicalization and Counter-radicalization. Emerald. 

2019      (Editor) The Handbook of Social Control. Wiley-Blackwell.

Articles and Chapters:

2021      “The Right to Teach in a Hyper-Digital Age: Legal Protections for (Post-)Pandemic Concerns.” Society 58(3) (First online: May 28, 2021). 

2020      “Exporting Preemption: The Transnational Diffusion of Counter-radicalisation Policing Strategies.” (second author, with Derek M.D. Silva). Pp. 179-200 in The Development of Transnational Policing: Past, Present and Future, edited by John L.M. McDaniel, Karlie E. Stonard, and David J. Cox. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

2020      “Popular Culture and Social Control: The Moral Panic on Music Labeling.” American Journal of Criminal Justice 45(1):2-24. (First online: July 24, 2019.)

2019      “Gaga: Notes on the Management of Public Identity.” Persona Studies 5(1):33-45.

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