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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: Counterterrorism; International police cooperation; Law and popular culture in Japan and the USA; Celebrity activism      


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

Recent Publications


2025       (Co-editor with Hiroshi Takahashi, Dimitri Vanoverbeke, and Jason G. Karlin) Law and Culture in Japan: Institutions, Justice, and Media. In progress for publication, Emerald. 

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

Articles and Chapters:

2024       “The Declining Significance of Interpol: Policing International Terrorism after 9/11.” International Criminal Justice Review 34(1):5-19.

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. 

2023      “The Cancer of the Law in the Islamic Republic of Iran: Reflections on the Iranian Anti-Israel Law of 2020.” Pp. 319-329 in Combining the Legal and the Social in Sociology of Law: An Homage to Reza Banakar, edited by Håkan Hydén, et al. Hart Publishing. 

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