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Debanjan Roychoudhury

PhD Student in Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
Areas of Expertise:
  • Criminal Justice
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Media & Public Opinion
  • Public Health

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About Debanjan

Roychoudhury's research focuses are policing, neighborhood change, urban sociology, and race. Overarching themes in Roychoudhury's writings include communal histories of police violence, policing as a site of racial formation, and mass media representations of race and racial minorities. Roychoudhury currently serves as student representative for the Association of Black Sociologists (ABS) and formerly served as co-coordinator of UCLA Sociology's Race & Ethnicity Working Group as well as Events Coordinator for UCLA's Black Graduate Student Association. 

Publications

"On Second Sight: Surveillance & The Black Planet: Notes on a New Framework" in The New Black Sociologists, edited by Marcus A. Hunter (Routledge, 2018).

Proposes Second Sight as a theoretical framework for understanding contact between racial minorities and law enforcement. Expands W.E.B. Du Bois' idea of Double Consciousness in order to analyze the impact of policing and surveillance on racial formation in the contemporary moment. 

"Hollywood Diversity Report 2018: Five Years of Progress and Missed Opportunities," University of California, Los Angeles, published annually since 2014.

Shows an annual report of race and gender representation in front of and behind the camera in movies and on television from throughout the year.