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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. 


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

Department cluster: Inequalities and Institutions 

Current projects: Celebrity culture since COVID-19; Law and popular culture in Japan and the USA; The politics and history of international police cooperation      


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

Recent Publications


2023       (Editor) Crime and Social Control in Pandemic Times. Emerald. 

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

2022       (Co-Editor with Derek Silva) Diversity in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies. Emerald.     

Articles and Chapters:

2023       “Celebrity Culture and Activism during and since COVID-19: A Sociological Model of Analysis for (Post-)Pandemic Times” (with Megan Routh, Logan Hickey, and Brandii Brunson). International Review of Modern Sociology 49(1):25-48. 

2023       “The Criminal Justice Activism of Naomi Osaka: A Case Study in the Criminology of Celebrity Culture.” American Journal of Criminal Justice 48(3):723-748. 

2022       “Sexism and Traditional Masculinity in Country Music: Practicing Inclusivity and Innovation in Research and Education” (with Nancy C. Jones). Education Sciences & Society 13(2):72-90. 

2022       “The Declining Significance of Interpol: Policing International Terrorism after 9/11.” International Criminal Justice Review, published online November 8, 2022. 

2022       “The Continuity of the Social Sciences during COVID-19: Sociology and Interdisciplinarity in Pandemic Times.” Society 59(6):735-746. 

2022       “Celebrity Activism on Racial Justice during COVID-19: The Death of George Floyd, the Rise of Naomi Osaka, and the Celebritization of Race in Pandemic Times.” International Review of Sociology 32(1):63-87. 

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