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Dr. Andres F. Rengifo

Associate Professor


Ph.D. (2007) City University of New York - Graduate Center; M.A. (2005) John Jay College of Criminal Justice; B.A (2001) Universidad de Los Andes


Andres F. Rengifo, Ph.D is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University – Newark. His research explores how crime and crime control are shaped by social factors and institutions, and how the “practice” of justice, social control, and punishment amplify some forms of inequality and create new systems of stratification. His collaborative work on race, neighborhood crime, and corrections/policing reform has appeared in leading journals such as Criminology, Justice Quarterly, and Evaluation Review, among others. Andres has also helped leverage policy change  domestically and abroad as affiliated researcher on topics such police stops, prisoner reentry, and drug treatment at the Vera Institute of Justice and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. His current research focuses on the operation of first-appearance/arraignment courts in ten jurisdictions in the United States and Latin America (Colombia, Mexico and Argentina). More specifically, he draws on the direct observation of 1,600+ cases to document how justifications of punishment and rehabilitation by courtroom actors vary across cases and contexts, and how these discourses and debates relate to key dimensions of procedural justice and decisions about charging and bail/pre-trial detention.


Key Publications 

Rengifo, Andres F., and Sam DeWitt. 2018.  Incarceration and tie strength. Unpacking meanings and measures of tie strength. Journal of Quantitative Criminology. Forthcoming.

Rengifo, Andres F., Don Stemen and Ethan Amidon (2017). When policy comes to town. Discourses and dilemmas of implementation of a statewide reentry program in Kansas. Criminology 55: 603:630

Rengifo, Andres F., and Morgan McCallin (2017) “You don’t get respect if you give no respect”. How Black and Latino youth make sense of encounters with Police. Sociological Focus 50:66-80

Rengifo, Andres F., and Don Stemen (2015). The unintended effects of penal reform: African American presence, incarceration, and the abolition of discretionary parole in the United States. Crime & Delinquency 61:719-741

Slocum, Lee A., Andres F. Rengifo, Tiffany Polk, and Christopher Herrmann (2013). The elusive relationship between community organizations and crime: An assessment across disadvantaged neighborhoods in the South Bronx. Criminology 51: 167-216.