Joshua Aleksanyan

Joshua Aleksanyan

Research Interests


I am a Ph.D. Candidate in sociology at Columbia University. My areas of specialization include the state and society, organizations and organizational change, the sociology of punishment, health and medicine, and civil-military relations in the U.S. Using a historically-informed ethnography, my dissertation brings these areas together by examining how military veterans––one of the earliest and lasting beneficiaries of the American welfare state––endure the conditions and consequences of an adjacent and evolving state arena: the criminal justice system. I specifically look at how judges, prosecutors, case managers, treatment staff, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs work to obtain and relinquish control over a category of people caught between the promise of care and the condition of constraint.






  • B.A., Sociology, Bard College