Claudio Vera Sanchez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago



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Professor Bio

Claudio Vera Sanchez received his PhD in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2008. His research interests are centered on how Latino and African American juveniles, from underprivileged neighborhoods, are criminalized by both nurturing (schools) and non-nurturing (police) institutions.

His research interests also involve channeling at-risk Latino and African American youth, some who have been previously gang affiliated, to a path of success (college).

Research and Teaching Interests

Criminal Justice; Statistics; Quantitative Research Methods; Juvenile Delinquency; The policing of Latino and African American youth.

Selected Publications

Vera Sanchez, C. G., & Portillos, E. (forthcoming). Insiders and outsiders: Latino researchers navigating the studying of the police. Race and Justice

Adams, E. B., and Vera Sanchez, C. G. (2018). Murder in a twin island paradise: Trends and strategies implemented to address criminal homicide in Trinidad and Tobago. In Deflem, M. (Ed.). Homicide and Violent Crime (Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance, Volume 23). Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.

Vera Sanchez, C.G. (2018). Immigration, illegality, and the law: Governance, equality, and Justice. In M. Guevara Urbina, & S. Espinoza Alvarez (eds.). Immigration and the law: Race, citizenship, and social control. University of Arizona Press. 

Vera Sanchez, C. G., & Gau, J. (2015). Racially neutral policing?: Puerto Rican and Mexican young adults’ experiences with order maintenance strategies. Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology, 3(2), 166-194.

Vera Sanchez, C. G. (2015). Latino officers, policy, and practice. In M. Guevara Urbina, & S. Espinoza Alvarez (eds.). Latino police officers in the United States: An examination of emerging trends and issues. Charles C Thomas Publisher.

Armaline, W. T., Vera Sanchez, C. G., Correia, M. (2014). ‘The biggest gang in Oakland’: Re-thinking police legitimacy. Contemporary Justice Review: Issues in Criminal, Social, and Restorative Justice, 17(3), 375-399.

Vera Sanchez, C. G. (2014). [Review of the book The city that became safe: New York’s lessons for urban crime and its control, by F. E. Zimring]. Punishment & Society, 16, 124-126.    

Lee, J.D., Vera Sanchez, C. G., & Baba, Y. (2013).  Sunday Friends: The working alternative to charity. Journal of Applied Social Science, 7(2), 148-187. 

Baba, Y., & Vera Sanchez, C. G. (2012).  Returning to the homeland: The migratory patterns between Brazil and Japan for Japanese-Brazilians. Journal of International and Global Studies, 3(2), 1-31.  

Vera Sanchez, C. G. & Adams E. B. (2011).  Sacrificed on the altar of public safety:  The policing of Latino and African American youth.  Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 27, 322-341

Vera Sanchez, C. G., Rosenbaum D. P. (2011). Racialized policing: Officers’ voices on policing Latino and African American neighborhoods.  Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 9, 152-178.