Faculty Profiles

Victor Rios
Associate Professor
Ph.D. UC Berkeley
Research Interests

Professor Rios' 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.  

Punished is Winner of, the Oliver Cromwell Cox Book Award, American Sociological Association, Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities; Honorable Mention for Outstanding Book Award, American Sociological Association, Section on Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility; C. Wright Mills Book Award Finalist, Society for the Study of Social Problems; and Distinguished Book Award, American Sociological Association, Section on Latina/o Sociology.  It has sold over 10,000 copies.

Professor Rios conducts research on Juvenile Justice; Social Control; Race; Dignity; Resilience; and Educational Equity.  He is currently completing a book under contract with the University of Chicago Press titled Missing Fire: Gangs Across Institutional Settings.

Teaching Areas

Professor Rios teaches the following courses:

Juvenile Justice; Introduction to Sociology; Studying People; and Justice, Law, and Inequality.

Course Listing

Contact Information

Social Sciences and Media Studies Bldg 3012
office hours
Not teaching Summer

No waiting list. Registration by GOLD only. Any student registered who fails to attend my first class or first section is dropped.