Associate Professor of Sociology

University of California, Merced


I received my PhD in Sociology from the University of Southern California (USC). I have experience with urban ethnography, as well as with quantitative analysis and public policy research.


My recent book, Prophetic Redemption (NYU Press, forthcoming), examines faith-based community organizing, for and among the formerly incarcerated, in Chicago and in Los Angeles.


I am author of God's Gangs (NYU Press 2014), winner of the American Sociological Association's (ASA)- Latina/o sociology section's 2014 Distinguished Contribution to Research Book Award. I have also published in Social Problems, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and in several edited volumes.


Areas of specialization: Religion, Social Movements, Race, Gender, and Immigration.