Assistant Professor

Department 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 policy report writing.


My book, God's Gangs, is concerned with how Latinos leave gangs by way of faith-based programs. I conducted 18 months of fieldwork in Los Angeles.


My current research follows faith-based community organizing among ex-offenders, in Chicago and in Los Angeles.

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