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Victor Rios


Victor Rios is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His 2011 book, Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys (NYU Press), analyzes how juvenile crime policies and criminalization affect the everyday lives of urban youth.  He has published on juvenile justice, masculinity, and race and crime in scholarly journals such as The Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Sciences, Latino Studies, and Critical Criminology.  He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2005.

Grants, Awards and Distinctions:

William T. Grant Foundation. 2011-2014. Investigator Initiated Grant. $305,000.

Contributor to Broom Center Theme(s): 
Broom Center Publications
Rios, V.M. (Forthcoming) 
"Missing Fire: Gangs Across Institutional Settings. "
University of Chicago Press. 
Rios, V. M. (Forthcoming). 
"The consequences of the criminal justice pipeline on Black and Latino masculinity."
(Reprint) In Routledge Major Works Collection: Critical Criminology 
Rios, V.M. Forthcoming. 
"Ethnographies of Race, Crime, and Criminal Justice. "
Annual Review of Sociology. 
Witenko, V., Mireles-Rios, R. and Rios, V.M. 2016. 
"Networks of Encouragement: Who’s encouraging Latino students and White students to enroll in honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses? "
Journal of Latinos and Education. 
Rios, V.M. and Guzman, Melissa. 2015.
"Latino Youth and Criminal Justice."
In Morin, Jose Luis Latinas/os and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO
Rios, V.M. 2015
"Race and Deviance: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys. "
In Goode, Erich Wiley Handbook on Deviance. 
Rios, V.M. and Sarabia, Rachel. 2015. 
"Synthesized Masculinities: The Mechanics of Manhood among Delinquent Boys. "
In Pascoe, CJ and Bridges, Tristan Exploring Masculinities: Identity, Inequality, Continuity and Change. Oxford University Press. 
Rios, V.M. 2015. 
"Policed, Punished, Dehumanized: The Reality for Young Men of Color Living in America."
In Johnson, Devon et. al Deadly Injustice: Race, Criminal Justice and the Death of Trayvon Martin. NYU Press. 
Rios, V.M. 2015. 
"Decolonizing the White Space in Urban Ethnography. "
City and Community. 
Rios, V.M. and Galicia, Mario. 2014.
"Smoking Guns or Smoke & Mirrors?: Schools and the Policing of Latino Boys."
Association of Mexican American Educators Journal. 
Rios, V.M. 2013. 
"The Labeling Hype: Coming of Age in the Era of Mass Incarceration. "
Dunier, Mitch et. al. The Urban Ethnography Reader. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
Rios, V.M. and Lopez-Aguado.
"Performance of Cholo Style as Identity of Resistance In Aldama, Arturo "
Performing the U.S. Latina and Latino Borderlands. Indiana: Indiana University Press. 2012.
Rios, V.M.
"Stealing a Bag of Potato Chips and Other Crimes of Resistance"
Contexts. American Sociological Association. Vol. 11, N. 2. 2012.
Rios, V.M.
"Gunfire as Conflict Resolution."
Room for Debate. The Opinion Pages. New York Times. March 21, 2012.
Rios, V.M.
"Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys"
New York University Press. 2011
Rios, V.M.
"The Trials and Tribulations of Urban Ethnography."
Fenstermaker, S. and Jones, N. Sociologists Backstage Answers to 10 Questions About What They Do. New York: Routledge. 2011
Rios, V.M. and Cesar Rodriguez
"Incarcerable Subjects: Working Class Black and Latino Male Youth in Two California Cities. "
Young Men in Uncertain Times. Oxford: Marion Berghan. 2011