I am a lecturer (assistant professor) in the School of Geography, Politics, and Sociology at Newcastle University, UK. I received my Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Cornell University. My research interests lie at the intersection of anthropology, law and society studies, and urban studies. More specifically, I focus on counterinsurgency and policing, left-wing and anti-colonial resistance, coloniality, racism, and emerging digital control technologies.
My book, Police, Provocation, Politics Counterinsurgency in Istanbul (Cornell University Press, 2022), presents a counterintuitive analysis of policing, focusing particular attention on the incitement of counterviolence and perpetual conflict by the state security apparatus. It demonstrates how counterinsurgency strategies from the Cold War and decolonial eras continue to inform contemporary urban policing.
I am Directions Section co-editor of the Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR) and co-founder and co-convenor of the Anthropology of Surveillance Network (ANSUR).
Deniz Yonucu is a Lecturer in Sociology at the School of Geography, Politics, and Sociology, Newcastle University and the author of Police, Provocation, Politics Counterinsurgency in Istanbul (Cornell University Press, 2022).