Claudio Vera Sanchez, Ph.D.

Dr. Claudio Vera Sanchez


Associate Professor,
Programs Coordinator

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago; Chicago, IL

Curriculum Vitae


Claudio Vera Sanchez received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2008. His work centers on policing practices in Latino and African American neighborhoods and how those strategies negatively impact youth of color. His work also focuses on the policing of immigrants, police perspectives on communities of color, and programs aimed to redirect youth from a path of prison to college.



MH 524A



Office Hours: Mondays & Tuesdays 3:00-5:00, Thursdays 2:00-4:00. Zoom



Research and Teaching Interests

Statistics; Criminal Justice; Research Methods; Policing; At-Risk Latino and African American youth, immigration.

Selected Publications

Vera Sanchez, C. G., & Portillos, E. (2021). Insiders and outsiders: Latino researchers navigating the studying of the police. Race and Justice, 11(4) 384-406. 

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.

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 youthJournal of Contemporary Criminal Justice,
, 322-341

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