Xavier Durham

Department and Institution: 
Sociology, UC Berkeley

Xavier Durham (he/him) is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley whose interests revolve around policing, surveillance, state violence, punishment, inequality, and urban sociology. His current project focuses on the precarious convergence between formerly-incarcerated people and neoliberal security practices in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, examining how the policed become the police as they navigate a constrained labor market. Previously, he has done extensive work on police use of force during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as well as the constitutional ramifications of private policing and what that means for carceral abolition. Xavier’s work has received generous support from the National Science Foundation, Mellon Mays Social Science Research Council, and the Berkeley Center for the Study of Law and Society. He holds an M.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in Sociology (with special honors) from the University of Texas at Austin.