Joseph G. Nunez III

Short Bio

Joseph is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. He graduated from the University of California,Berkeley, double majoring in Peace and Conflict Studieswith a self-designed concentration in institutions and commuties of the Stateand Anthropology. Before returning to school, Joseph worked with recidivism intervention with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Joseph is a former U.S. Marine who spent the bulk of his time on deployments throughout the Middle East, enlisting shortly after the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks against the United States.

As an undergraduate student, Joseph designed and conducted research to investigate low veteran matriculation rates in post-secondary education institutions as part of his senior capstone; as a scholar of the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, he investigated the efficacy of post-9/11 servicemember-to-civilian transition programscreated by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)under the tutelage of Dr. Eileen Gambril, Professor of the Graduate School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley. Joseph has also collected various forms of folklore for the UC Berkeley Folklore Archive.

Research Interests: Theories of sovereignty and the State; the U.S.-Mexico border; cross-border Indigenous communities; juridical subjectivities in borderlands; security; crime and violence; State warfare and conflict resolution.

Joseph is a member of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the Heterodox Academy (HxA).

Primary Adviser

John Comaroff

John Comaroff

Hugh K. Foster Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology; On Leave

Research and Teaching Interests: The anthropology of crime and policing; the anthropology of the colonial and postcolonial state; contemporary African political and legal systems; the historical anthropology of colonialism; the anthropology of modernity; anthropological theory; Southern Africa.



Secondary Adviser

David Carrasco

Davíd Carrasco

Neil L. Rudenstine Professor for the Study of Latin America; Joint appointment with Harvard Divinity School; On Leave Spring 2021

Research and Teaching Interests: Urban ecology and ceremonial centers, ritual violence and state organization: Mesoamerica.


Secondary Advisor 


Justin Richland 

University of California, Irvine

Professor & Graduate Program Director
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles 
J.D., University of California, Berkeley

Research and Teaching Interests: legal discourse analysis and semiotics; anthropology of law; contemporary native american law, politics, art and ethnographic museology



Secondary Adviser

Ieva Jusionyte

Ieva Jusionyte

Watson Famility Associate Professor of International Security and Anthropology

Research and Teaching Interests: Political anthropology; statecraft, borders, and security; crime and violence; space and infrastructure; news media and journalism; Argentina, Mexico, U.S.-Mexico border.