Joseph Lee Young



I am an MD-PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. Mypast research has involved ethnographic work in Russia concerning the adoptionand adaptation of various addiction treatment modalities, particularly focusingon the proliferation of Twelve Steps-based models and the more recentintroduction of opioid antagonist pharmacotherapy. My current research departssomewhat from these past engagements, while maintaining a broad concern withquestions of how individuals and behaviors that are defined as deviant/dangerousbecome objects of scientific knowledge and subjects of evidence-basedinterventions within diverse institutional domains. My current project involvesan ethnographic investigation of the emergence of a novel predictive policingtechnology within the context of an increasingly scientific and evidence-basedfield of criminal justice in the United States.

Research Interests

Urban Ethnography and Medical Anthropology; Ethnography of Policing and Security; Surveillance Studies; Actuarialism, Probability and Risk Governance; Recidivism Assessment and Management, particularly in Criminal Justice and Addiction Science; Big Data Assemblages and the Role of Virtual Modeling for Public Policy; United States and Russian Federation

Graduate Status