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Michael Tapia

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice Dept., New Mexico State University


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 published work on risk factors in juvenile arrest, Latino arrest risk, and Latino gang migration. His latest works examine Chicano street and prison gang organization in historical perspective.

Dr. Mike Tapia’s interview on KRWG FM about his new book “The Barrio Gangs of San Antonio, 1915-2015.”