Enrique Desmond Arias

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Baruch College, City University of New York

United States
Research Profile

Urban governance and policing.

Caribbean, Latin America
English, Spanish, Portuguese

Arias, Enrique Desmond. 2017. Criminal Enterprises and Governance in Latin American and the Caribbean. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Arias, Enrique Desmond and Daniel Goldstein, editors. 2010. Violent Democracy in Latin America: Toward an Interdisciplinary Reconceptualization. Durham: Duke University Press.

Arias, Enrique Desmond. 2006. Drugs and Democracy in Rio de Janeiro


Arias, Enrique Desmond. Forthcoming. “Social Responses to Criminal Governance in Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Kingston, and Medellín.” Latin American Research Review.

Arias, Enrique Desmond. 2018. “Criminal Organizations and the Policymaking Process.” Global Crime.

Arias, Enrique Desmond and Nicholas Barnes. 2017. “Crime and Plural Orders in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.” Current Sociology 63 (3): 448-465.

*Winner of the 2018 Best Article Prize from the section on Defense, Public Security, and Democracy of the Latin American Studies Association.

Arias, Enrique Desmond. 2014. “Violence, Citizenship, and Religion in a Rio de Janeiro Favela.” Latin American Research Review Special Issue: 149-167.

Arias, Enrique Desmond. 2013. “The Impacts of Differential Armed Dominance of Politics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.” Studies in Comparative International Development 48: 263-284.

Fernandez de Castro, Rafael, Enrique Desmond Arias, and Gema Santamaria. 2013. “Violencia en México: Mejor Samba que Cumbia.” Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica 13: 1: 10-15.

Alves, Marcia Cristina and Enrique Desmond Arias. 2012. “Understanding the Fica Vivo Program.” Policing and Society, 22 (1): 101-113.

Ungar, Mark and Enrique Desmond Arias. 2012. “Reassessing Community Oriented Policing in Latin America.” Policing and Society 22 (1): 1-13.

Arias, Enrique Desmond. 2012. “The 2010 Emergency and Party Politics in Kingston, Jamaica. ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, Winter: 54-56

Arias, Enrique Desmond and Mark Ungar. 2009. “Community Policing and Latin America's Citizen Security Crisis.” Comparative Politics 41 (4): 409-430.

Translated as: Arias, Enrique Desmond and Mark Ungar. 2013. “La vigilancia comunitaria y la crisis de seguridad ciudadana en Latinoamérica.” Revista Estudios Socio-Jurídicos 15 (1): 2013: 19-52.

Arias, Enrique Desmond. 2009. “Dispatches from the Field: Milícias and Police Corruption in Rio de Janeiro.” Americas Quarterly 3 (2): 90-93.

Arias, Enrique Desmond. 2007. “Trouble en Route: Drug Trafficking and Clientelism in Rio de Janeiro Shantytowns,” Qualitative Sociology, vol. 30 (1), 427-445.

Revised and Reprinted as: Arias, Enrique Desmond. 2007. “Routing Conflict: Organized Violence and Clientelism in Rio de Janeiro,” In Javier Auyero and Laura Joseph eds., Political Ethnography, Springer Publishers (Amsterdam): 110-134.

Arias, Enrique Desmond and Corinne Davis Rodrigues. 2006. “The Myth of Personal Security: A Discursive Model of Local level Legitimation in Rio’s Favelas.” Latin American Politics and Society, vol. 48 (4): 53-81.

Arias, Enrique Desmond. 2006. “The Dynamics of Criminal Governance: Networks and Social Order in Rio de Janeiro,” Journal of Latin American Studies, vol. 38 (2): 293-325.

Arias, Enrique Desmond. 2004. “Faith in our Neighbors: Networks and Social Order in Three Brazilian Favelas,” Latin American Politics and Society 46 (1): 1-38.