Q-vo! I am an Assistant Professor and the Internship Coordinator in the Department of Sociology & Criminology and Justice Studies. I am also an affiliate of Ethnic Studies and American Indian Studies. I earned my PhD in Sociology at the University of California-Santa Barbara in June 2012. I am an award winning professor who received the following recognitions: The All People’s Celebration’s “Builds Community Award” (2012), Civility Champion (2013), and Civility Icon (2013). I am a Chicano scholar from Boyle Heights, a community East of the Los Angeles River. I seek to empower invisible, voiceless and disenfranchised communities and my students.
Ph.D. in Sociology, University of California-Santa Barbara (2012)
MA in Sociology, California State University-Dominguez Hills (2001)
BA in Sociology, California State University-Los Angeles (1998)
Areas of interest:
Informal Economy/Underground Economy; Critical Criminology; Gangs and Youth Subcultures; Prisons/Corrections; Chicana/o Sociology; Transnational Migration; Communities Studies; Race/Class/Gender; Body Modifications/Tattooing; Sociología del Dia de los Muertos/Sociology of Day of the Dead; and Sociology of the Underdog.
Courses I have taught at CSUSM:
Sociology 101: Introduction to Sociology
Sociology 105: Introduction to Justice Studies
Sociology 322: Critical Perspectives of Gangs
Sociology 325: Criminology
Sociology 444: Perspectives on Corrections and Penology
Sociology 490: Immigration Justice
Sociology 495: Capstone Seminar in Community Service or Internships in Criminology and Justice Studies
Sociology 660: Teaching Sociology [graduate seminar]