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María B. Vélez
Office: SSCI 1074
criminology, communities, racial and economic inequality
María B. Vélez is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Sociology at the University of New Mexico (Ph.D., The Ohio State University). Generally, María’s research focuses on explaining the uneven pattern of crime across neighborhoods, cities, and individuals. She pays particular attention to how structural factors such as racial and economic inequalities, immigration, external investments help to understand this patterning. She also seeks to understand the interplay among the actions of political and economic actors, the creation and maintenance of urban inequality and crime patterns.
Lyons, Christopher J., María B. Vélez, and Wayne A. Santoro. 2013. “Neighborhood Immigration, Violence, and City-Level Immigrant Political Opportunities.” American Sociological Review 78: 604-632
Vélez, María B., Christopher Lyons and Blake Boursaw. 2012 “Assessing the
Santoro, Wayne A., María B. Vélez, and Stacy Keogh. 2012. “Mexican American
Vélez, María B. and Kelly Richardson. 2012. “The Political Economy of Neighborhood
Vélez, María B. 2009. “Contextualizing the Immigration and Crime Effect: An
Vélez, María B., Lauren J. Krivo and Ruth D. Peterson. 2003. “Interracial Inequality and Homicide: A Direct Assessment of the Black-White Gap in Killings.” Criminology 41:645-672.
Vélez, María B. 2001. “The Role of Public Social Control in Urban Neighborhoods: A MultiLevel Analysis of Victimization Risk.” Criminology 39(4):837-864.