María B. Vélez

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. The Ohio State University 2002

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Office: SSCI 1074
Office phone: 505-277-6214

Research Areas

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.

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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
Relationship between Mortgage Lending and Crime: An Analysis of Seattle Neighborhoods (1981-2007).” Criminology 50(4):1025-1056.

Santoro, Wayne A., María B. Vélez, and Stacy Keogh. 2012. “Mexican American
Protest, Ethnic Resiliency, and Social Capital: The Mobilization Benefits of Having Social Ties to Whites”. Social Forces 91(1):209-231.

Vélez, María B. and Kelly Richardson. 2012. “The Political Economy of Neighborhood
Homicide in Chicago: The Role of Bank Investment”. British Journal of Criminology 52(3): 490-513. doi:10.1093/bjc/azr092.

Vélez, María B. 2009. “Contextualizing the Immigration and Crime Effect: An
Analysis of Chicago Neighborhoods.” Homicide Studies 13:325-335.

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.

María B. Vélez' Vitae