Jasmin Hristov

Assistant Professor

Sociology, Gender and Women's Studies
Other Titles: Associate Member - Gender & Women's Studies
Office: ART 310
Phone: 250.807.9433
Email: jasmin.hristov@ubc.ca

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Development and conflict; political violence; non-state armed actors; human rights; neoliberalilsm; Latin America; land dispossession; human trafficking and sexual violence.

Courses & Teaching

Political sociology; development sociology; sociology of gender; global sociology; social inequality; social problems; globalization; social justice and human rights; classical and contemporary sociological theory; social movements; gender and development.


I am Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Department of History and Sociology at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan and Associate Member of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program. My research is in the areas of political violence, irregular armed groups, economic globalization, agrarian conflicts, forced displacement, human rights, social movements, gender violence and sex trafficking.

I regard myself as a global sociologist. My teaching and research are humanist and transformative in their orientation and are aimed at promoting social justice and contributing to social transformation by empowering people to become agents of change. I believe in the need to globalize the sociological imagination and ‘commit’ sociology by combining intellectual endeavors with love for people and a belief that change is possible and necessary. At a time when our world is facing deepening wealth inequalities, environmental and migration crises, and the rise of militaristic, repressive, and neo-fascist political tendencies, we need more than ever the humanizing and empowering potential of sociology.

Presently, I am working towards an emergent theory of violence that offers new ways of conceptualizing the relationship between non-state armed actors, capital accumulation, and states in the era of globalization. I have also been researching the impacts of pro-capitalist violence on women and sexuality. I am the Principal Investigator for the SSHRC-funded project Violence and Land Dispossession in Central America and Mexico.


Violence and Land Dispossession Project Website


PhD, York University

Selected Publications & Presentations

Google Scholar


Hristov, J., Sprague, J. and Tauss, A. (Eds). The Political Violence of Capital: Paramilitary Formations in Global Perspective. London: Routledge (forthcoming).

Hristov, J. (2014). Paramilitarism and Neoliberalism: Violent Systems of Capital Accumulation in Colombia and Beyond. London: Pluto Press.

Reviewed in: Journal of Latin American Studies, Vol. 48, No. 3; Alborada Magazine, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2015); RS21 (November 2014) 


Hristov, J. (2009). Blood and Capital: The Paramilitarization of Colombia. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University    Press.

Reviewed in: Latin American Research Review, Vol.  47, No. 1 (2012); The Innovation Journal: The Public Sector Innovation Journal, Vol. 15, No. 1 (2010); International Affairs, Vol. 86, No. 6 (2010); H-Human Rights, November (2009); The Americas Vol. 67, No. 1 (2010); Quill and Quire (July 2009); Latin American Perspectives, Vol. 39, No. 1 (2012); The Journal of Military History, Vol. 74, No. 1 (2010); Socialist Studies: the Journal of the Society for Socialist Studies, Vol. 5, No. 2 (2009);


Book Chapters

Hristov, J. Political Violence, Non-state Actors and Capital Accumulation: Lessons from Latin America. In Gills, B., and Goodman, J. (Eds.)., The Routledge Handbook of Transformative Global Studies. London: Routledge (forthcoming).

Hristov, J. (2019). Globalization, Militarization, and Violence in Latin America. In Caliskan, G. (Ed.), Globalizing Gender, Gendering Globalization: Post-Colonial Perspectives. Toronto: Oxford University Press Canada (forthcoming).

Hristov, J. (2019). The Capital-State Nexus and its War on Women. In Caliskan, G. (Ed.), Globalizing Gender, Gendering Globalization: Post-Colonial Perspectives. Toronto: Oxford University Press Canada (forthcoming).

Hristov, J. (2019). Armed Actors, the Commodification of Women and the Destruction of Childhood: Understanding the Connections between Predatory Sexuality and the Violence of Capital in Colombia.  In Cohn, S. and Blumberg, R. (Eds.), Gender and Development: Economic  Basis of Women’s Power. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


Journal Articles

Coates, R., Colombo, E., Dores, A., Hernandez, S., and Hristov, J. (2018). Teaching Globalization Globally: the Experience of Globalization, Social Justice and Human Rights course. Islamic Perspective: Journal of Islamic Studies and Humanities 19, 83-99.

Hristov, J. (2017). Guerrillas, Marxists, Terrorists, or Trouble-Makers? Doing Sociology in High-Risk Violent Conflict Areas. Canadian Review of Sociology, 54(3), 375-377.

Hristov, J. (2010). Self-Defense Forces, Warlords or Criminal Gangs? Towards a New Conceptualization of Paramilitarism in Colombia. Labour, Capital and Society, 43(2), 13-56.

Hristov J. (2009). Social Class and Ethnicity/Race in the Dynamics of Indigenous Peasant Movements: the Case of the CRIC in Colombia. Latin American Perspectives, 36 (4), 41-63.

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Selected Grants & Awards


Recipient of the Canadian Sociological Association’s Early Investigator Award


Insight Development Grant (IDG), SSHRC, $70,776

Principal Investigator for the project “Violence and Land Dispossession in Central America”


Partnership Engage Grant (PEG), SSHRC, $20,000

Principal Investigator for the project “Human Rights Monitor of Honduras”


Global Contexts in the Classroom Fund, UBC Okanagan, $1,000


Hampton Research Endowment Fund, UBC, $8,037

Principal Investigator for the project “Violence and Land Dispossession in Central America”


Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant, UBC Okanagan, $5,000


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