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Assistant Professor , Utrecht University

Tessa Diphoorn is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University. In May 2017, she started a new NWO-funded (Veni) research project: 'Policing the Police in Kenya: Analysing state authority from within'. Previously she conducted extensive ethnographic research about private security in South Africa and her book, "Twilight Policing. Private Security and Violence in Urban South Africa", has been published with the University of California Press (2016). She also worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam, where she conducted research on public-private security assemblages in Kenya, Israel, and Jamaica. She has a Bachelor degree in cultural anthropology and a MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights, both obtained at Utrecht University.

Tessa Diphoorn was also appointed as one of the new members of the Utrecht Young Academy (UYA). This is a platform for the exchange of critical perspectives on academia, policy, and society in Utrecht and beyond. For more information, see:


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    Assistant Professor , Utrecht University