Brendan Hornbostel

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Brendan Hornbostel


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Brendan Hornbostel (they/them) is a PhD student studying histories of U.S. policing through the lenses of counterinsurgency, political economy, race, gender, and colonialism. Their dissertation research examines the history of policing in Washington, DC, as a key site of U.S. state power in relation to DC’s simultaneous status as a racial-domestic colony and the world’s imperial capital. Previously, they received a bachelor's degree in English from UCLA and a master's degree in American Studies here at GW. Their first scholarly publication, "Public Order Is the First Business of Government," can be found in the Small Wars & Insurgencies 2022 special issue on "Global Counterinsurgency and the Police-Military Continuum."