Jorge Derpic is an Assistant Professor in Sociology and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Georgia. His research focuses on state and collective responses to crime in urban-indigenous Latin America. His current project expands the analysis of linchamientos, acts of collective violence against alleged criminal offenders in the city of El Alto, Bolivia, to examine what precedes and what follows these acts of collective violence. In specific, he studies the factors behind the discretionary responses of state officials who at times prosecute the victims, and at other times, the perpetrators of these acts of violence.
As a graduate student he was selected as an Inter-American Foundation Fellow for the academic year 2014-15. His dissertation research was also funded by the Foundation of Urban Regional Studies from Oxford University in two opportunities. Additionally, he received funding from the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, on several occasions, the Urban Ethnography Lab, and the Population Research Center, at the University of Texas at Austin.
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Texas at Austin, 2017
M.A., Sociology, University of Texas at Austin, 2012
B.A., Social Communication Sciences, Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo", 2005
Adkins, D., Moulaison-Sandy, H. & Derpic, J. 2017. “Information Sources of Latin American Immigrants in the Rural Midwest in the Trump Era”. Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy, vol. 87, no. 3, pp. 243–256.
Derpic, J. and Weinreb, Alex. 2014. “Undercounting urban residents in Bolivia: A small-area study of census-driven migration”. Population Research and Policy Review. Vol. 33. Nº6.