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Keith Guzik, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office Location: LSC 420Q
Phone: (303) 315-2147
Fax: (303) 315-2149

Spring 2015 Office Hours
Mondays 4:00pm-5:00pm
Thursdays 11:00am-1:00pm or by appointment

Areas of Expertise

Sociological Theory, Research Methods, Criminology, Security & Surveillance Technologies, Law & Society, Science & Technology, and Intimate Partner Abuse

Education & Degrees​

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Connecticut

B.A., History, University of Massachusetts



My research interests are in law and society and science and technology studies. My current research focuses on security in the global context, with a particular focus on the use of surveillance technologies to combat crime in Mexico’s War on Crime. I’m generally interested in the increasing presence of surveillance in contemporary society, the intersection of technology and law, and theories of power and social control. I’ve also written on intimate partner abuse in the past and the effects of arrest and prosecution on changing abusers’ conduct. In terms of teaching, I regularly teach criminology, research methods, and classical and contemporary social theory.


Select Publications 

Guzik, Keith. 2013. “Taking Hold of the Wheel: Automobility, Social Order, and the Law in  Mexico’s Public Registry of Vehicles (REPUVE),” Law and Society Review, 47(3): 523-554.

Guzik, Keith. 2013. Security a la Mexicana: On the Particularities of Security Governance in Mexico’s War on Crime,” Theory and Society, 42(2): 161-187. 

Guzik, Keith. 2009. “Discrimination by Design: Predictive Data Mining as Security Practice in the United States’ ‘War on Terrorism’,” Surveillance and Society, 7(1): 1-17. 

Guzik, Keith. 2009. Arresting Abuse: Mandatory Legal Interventions, Power, and Intimate Abusers, Northern Illinois University Press.  

Pickering, Andrew and Keith Guzik, eds. 2008. The Mangle in Practice: Science, Society, and Becoming. Duke University Press.

​Courses Taught

SOCY 5015 - Contemporary Sociological Theory