Knowledge is power.
Assistant Professor of Urban Planning Amada Armenta was chosen by the Russell Sage Foundation as one of 17 visiting scholars for the 2020-2021 academic year. Armenta will pursue her research on race, ethnicity and immigration while in residence at the foundation’s headquarters in New York City starting in September. The selection of Visiting Scholars is based on an individual’s demonstrated record of research accomplishment and the merit of the proposed project. Armenta will study the legal attitudes of immigrants, focusing on how they understand and make decisions about migration, driving, working, calling the police, securing identification and paying taxes. Her research will culminate in a book analyzing the experiences of undocumented Mexican immigrants in Philadelphia. This will be Armenta’s second book, following the award-winning “Protect, Serve, and Deport: The Rise of Policing as Immigration Enforcement” (2017), which analyzed the role that local police and jail employees played in immigration enforcement in Nashville, Tennessee. The Russell Sage Foundation’s Visiting Scholars Program supports research into the social and behavioral sciences with the goal of improving living conditions in the United States. Research topics have included immigration, race and diversity, poverty, labor practices, gender inequality, climate change and natural disaster recovery.
-from the website of UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs
From the Frontline introduction to the film:
"For decades we’ve heard about America's “dropout crisis.” Meet Dr. Victor Rios, a high school “dropout” turned author and professor, who designs programs to support students who've been pushed out of school. To solve our crisis in education, Rios argues, is to shift our understanding of the problem.
The Pushouts filmmakers follow Rios and his team of mentors as they work to build an innovative learning environment for young people fighting to succeed despite overwhelming systemic barriers.
'It's not just about these kids redeeming themselves. It's also about us redeeming ourselves - turning around the system that has really set up a lot of these young people to fail,' says Rios.
FRONTLINE first met Rios while filming the 1994 classic film, School Colors — when he was a struggling student at Berkeley High School. Despite Rios himself being “pushed out” of school, over the past 25 years he’s become a best-selling author and expert on the school-to-prison pipeline.
Now, “The Pushouts” explores how his journey is helping the next generation negotiate a system that seems designed to push them out." The Pushouts premieres Friday, December 20 on PBS, at pbs.org and on the PBS Video App.
To learn more about the film, visit: www.thepushouts.com/
Special issue of The Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies: “Children of Immigrants in an Age of Deportation”
From the preface, written by Alejandro Portes & Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, guest editors of this special issue:
"Given the turn of events of Federal immigration policy in the United States, we deemed appropriate to title this Issue, “Children of Immigrants in the Age of Deportation.” The following articles fully document the nature and implications of the enforcement initiatives implemented by the American government in recent years and their interaction with state policies and local contexts of reception. It is our hope that this collection will provide an exhaustive testimony of the severe conditions faced by unauthorized migrant families and their children at today and their repercussions in both countries of origin and that where they currently live."
See the full journal including articles written by LC members: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01419870.2019.1667512
Dr. Martin Guevara Urbina earned the Sul Ross State University President’s Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award
The Limits of Community Policing: Civilian Power & Police Accountability in Black and Brown Los Angeles
Special Issue on the Significance of Race/Ethnicity in Bullying, international Journal of Bullying Prevention
From guest editor Dr. Anthony Peguero's Introduction to the Special Issue on Significance of Race/Ethnicity in Bullying:
"The research included in this special issue addresses a range of aspects of bullying in schools and communities which are being shaped by a growing diverse youth population. The various articles touched on family, schools, neighborhoods and communities, and the presence of social media. However, common to all of these articles is an understanding of the negative consequences for racial/ethnic minority youth, and the importance of connecting racial/ethnic minority youth to social institutions and relationships as well as provided opportunities and protection. Thus, each of these articles takes care to identify points for intervention, suggestions for policy, and promising directions for future research. Each study presented in this special issue stands out for its original and noteworthy contribution to the literature on the significance of race/ethnicity in regard to bullying research."
Peguero, A.A. Int Journal of Bullying Prevention (2019) 1: 159. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42380-019-00032-8
Amada Armenta awarded ASA's Section on the Sociology of Law 2019 Distinguished Book award: Protect, Serve, and Deport: The Rise of Policing as Immigration Enforcement
It’s Personal: The Impact of Victimization on Motivations and Career Interests Among Criminal Justice Majors at Diverse Urban Colleges
Colleen P. Eren, Shirley Leyro, and Ilir Disha
The Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Published May 23, 2019
This article extends a small but significant body of work on the motivations of criminal justice students to enter the major and to pursue a criminal justice career (Krimmel & Tartaro 1999, Gabbidon et al 2003, Courtright & Mackey 2004). The authors examine the influence of a variable previously ignored: that of victimization. A survey consisting of quantitative and qualitative questions was administered, and descriptive and inferential statistics used to compare victimized students' responses to that of non-victimized students on a range of questions related to motivation and career aspiration using a sample (N = 371) of criminal justice majors drawn from two large, urban, majority-minority colleges in the Northeast. Students who were victimized were more likely to view the criminal justice system as unfair and think that justice is infrequently served, were more likely to see the major as relevant, and to want a job where they could make a difference. Students reported victimization of self and those close to them as a significant influence on their motivation to enter the major.
'We're Being Released to a Jungle': The State of Prisoner Reentry and the Resilience of Women of Color
Congratulations to Janet Garcia-Hallett on her latest publication in The Prison Journal's special issue Race as a Carceral Terrain: Black Lives Matter Meets Reentry: "'We're Being Released to a Jungle": The State of Prisoner Reentry and the Resilience of Women of Color".
Abstract: The punitive carceral system is expected to tame people of color into docile bodies through their imprisonment. Furthermore, the oppressive and punitive U.S. context embodies patriarchy and injustice in which women of color endure unique obstacles at the intersection of race and gender. Given the power structures built to destabilize women of color before and after incarceration, this study uses interview data to examine their perseverance through carceral systems. The findings illustrate how oppressive regimes shape postincarceration obstacles and explore how women of color combat social-structural inequalities after incarceration.