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Robert J. Durán

I have been at the University of Tennessee since 2014. I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado in 2006 and I previously taught at New Mexico State University for eight years. My research focuses upon four areas: 1) gangs; 2) officer involved shootings; 3) disproportionate minority contact for juveniles; and 4)... Learn More


Cid Martinez

Martínez received his BA, MA, and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Cid Martinez is author of the book The Neighborhood Has Its Own Rules: Latinos and African Americans in South Los Angeles, published by New York University Press. The book moves beyond traditional black and white paradigms of urban poverty and violence... Learn More


Michael Tapia

Dr. Mike Tapia is new to the Criminal Justice Department at NMSU. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the Ohio State University and served on the faculty at UT San Antonio’s Criminal Justice Department from 2003 to 2014.  His teaching and research interests include crime theory, race and crime, juvenile justice, and street crimes. He’s... Learn More


María B. Vélez

Generally, María investigates how stratification along racial/ethnic, political, and economic lines shapes and is shaped by the uneven patterning of crime and justice outcomes. One major theme of María’s work is to investigate the influence of political conditions on crime patterns across neighborhoods. For instance, a recent project with Christopher Lyons (UNM) and Wayne Santoro... Learn More


Jason Whitesel

Jason Whitesel (Ph.D., Ohio State University) is a Women’s & Gender Studies faculty member at Pace University. His research focuses on gay men’s rigid body image ideal and the resulting intragroup strife among them. His recent book, Fat Gay Men: Girth, Mirth, and the Politics of Stigma (NYUP, 2014), describes events at Girth & Mirth... Learn More


Ericka Adams

Ericka B. Adams, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at North Central College. She was born and raised in the beautiful twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and migrated to the United States when she was 18 years old. Professor Adams has published in the areas of crime and... Learn More