God's Gangs

(NYU Press 2014)


My book is concerned with how Latinos leave gangs by way of faith-based programs. I conducted eighteen months of ethnographic fieldwork in Los Angeles, at two sites: the Jesuit-Catholic founded non-profit Homeboy Industries, and the Pentecostal church Victory Outreach.


My findings examine how religious practices shape the gendered negotiations that facilitate the process of recovery from gang life.


God's Gangs has been reviewed in the American Journal of Sociology, Contemporary Sociology, Gender & Society, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociology of Religion, Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Religion and Society, Journal of Jesuit Studies, Pneuma, Journal of Gender Studies, Men and Masculinities, Crime, Law and Social Change, and Choice.