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Research Overview

045Ongoing Project Locations and Themes as of 2017


Theoretical Framework: Racial Oppression as Developed from Critical Race Theory and Settler Colonialism



Ogden, Utah

Denver, Colorado

U.S.-Mexico Border (Southern New Mexico and West Texas)


Knoxville, Tennessee

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

       New Mexico

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.

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