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Mathieu Deflem
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Purdue University
Mathieu Deflem is assistant professor of sociology at Purdue University. He studied at universities in Leuven (Belgium) and Hull (England) before receiving his PhD from the University of Colorado. He previously held a visiting appointment at Kenyon College. His research focuses primarily on the sociology of law and social control, especially the organization of police institutions, comparative social control, and a variety of constitutional issues. His theoretical interests revolve around classical European and contemporary critical theories, with an acute and terminal fondness for the works of Durkheim and Habermas.

Deflem has edited one book, Habermas, Modernity and Law (Sage 1996), and authored some 30 articles and book chapters. His most recent work includes contributions in the Law & Society Review, History of the Human Sciences, and Social Forces. He is currently finishing a book, tentatively entitled Social Control and World Society, on the history of international police organizations. Deflem also continually maintains a Web site that includes many materials on various aspects of sociology and society (and heavy metal):

In September 1999, Deflem launched the Web site Free Education Now! against the invasion of commercial lecture notes companies that post unauthorized notes on the internet. The initiative has been discussed in a multitude of outlets, including Forbes Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Village Voice, and the Denver Post.

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