Assistant 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 book, God's Gangs (NYU Press 2014), recently won 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, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and in several edited volumes.


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


I am the ASA- Latina/o section's Secretary-Treasurer for 2014-2017.


Areas of specialization: Race, Gender, Religion and Immigration