Dr. Peter Mancina is a cultural and political anthropologist who studies governmental power, policing, immigration control, everyday policy implementation, and social movement organizing. He is Researcher in the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University and Research Associate at the University of Oxford Centre for Criminology and Border Criminologies program. Dr. Mancina has long been active as a researcher for the immigrant rights movement and the labor movement. From 2013-2017, he was Organizing Researcher for the Service Employees International Union, Local 1021 in San Francisco, where his research helped unionize contingent university faculty and mobilize municipal government worker opposition to the attempted federal defunding of sanctuary cities. Dr. Mancina serves as a consultant for non-profit organizations, local government policy-makers, and universities, and he has helped draft sanctuary city laws in San Francisco and for the region's Bay Area Rapid Transit Authority.
His current work examines the manner in which “sanctuary city” and “sanctuary state” policies in the United States operationalize, moralize, and normalize local law enforcement protocols for assisting immigration enforcement authorities in deporting individuals convicted of crimes. Mancina is writing a book titled Sanctuary City in the Age of Mass Deportation examining three decades of local experimentation with implementing sanctuary city policies in San Francisco, California. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University, and his work has been funded by the United States National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, and the Rutgers Law School Pratt Fund."