Clean and Simple.

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 policy report writing.


My book, God's Gangs (NYU Press, 2014), recently won the American Sociological Association's (ASA)- Section on Latina/o Sociology's 2014 Distinguished Contribution to Research Book Award. My work has also been featured in Social Problems, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and several edited volumes.


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


Areas of specialization: Race, Gender, Religion and Immigration