Ongoing Project Locations and Themes as of 2017
Theoretical Framework: Racial Oppression as Developed from Critical Race Theory and Settler Colonialism
U.S.-Mexico Border (Southern New Mexico and West Texas)
Themes: historical formation, racial and ethnic inequality, core ideals, violence, drug markets, moral panics, policing of gangs, gang injunctions, gang enhancements, RICO, incarceration, empowerment, social movements, and participatory action research.
Officer Involved Shootings and the Policing of Black, Brown, and White Communities
Southwest: (With data collection help from Israel De La Rosa, MA; Wesley T. Patterson, MA; Samantha Slim, MA; and Lisa Wright, MA)
Denver County, Colorado (with Oralia Loza, Ph.D.)
Bernalillo County, New Mexico
Doña Ana County, New Mexico
El Paso County, Texas
Weber County, Utah
Southeast: (With data collection help from Maria Bordt, MA and Bethany Nelson, MA)
Jefferson County, Alabama
Fulton County, Georgia
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
Richland County, South Carolina
Davidson County, Tennessee
Knox County, Tennessee
Shelby County, Tennessee
Analysis of The Guardian: The Counted data (With Stephanie Bohon, Ph.D. and Bethany Nelson, MA)
Themes: law, use of force, policing, violence, racial and ethnic differences, neighborhood differences, district attorneys, injustice, community protest, and data gathering obstacles.
School to Prison Pipeline: Disproportionate Minority Contact
District Three (With Carlos Posadas, Ph.D. and Jonás Mata, MA)
District Six (With Carlos Posadas, Ph.D.)
Themes: racial and ethnic differences by nine decision points with special focus on policing of schools and youth, school discipline, probation, detention, and best practices.
Racial, Ethnic, and Economic Segregation
Colorado, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Utah
Themes: urban ethnography, census tracts, life chances, poverty, and affluence.