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Augustine J. Kposowa, (PhD, Ohio State) is a professor of Sociology at the University of California at Riverside. His line of research adopts a multi-disciplinary approach that encompasses Social Epidemiology, Demography, Criminology, Political Economy, and Racial/ethnic Inequality. In criminology, his research concentrates on homicide, especially risk factors for victimization, the structural sources of US crime rates, police use of force, and racial/ethnic differences in arrest patterns. Within Epidemiology and Demography, Dr. Kposowa studies the link between social factors, population outcomes, and morbidity and mortality, especially suicides, accidents, and infectious diseases. Research in these combined areas has also looked at risk factors for marital dissolution, marital durations, and fertility. In addition to doing basic research, Dr. Kposowa is convinced that sociological findings must, and should influence public policy in order to uplift the human condition especially with regard to reducing social and economic inequality, and improving the overall physical quality of life. In political economy, Dr. Kposowa is currently involved in research that assesses the impact of war trauma on population health in Sierra Leone, along with the covariates of political instability in the post Soviet era. Recent publications have appeared in Social Science & Medicine, Crime Law and Social Change, Journal of Criminology, International Journal of Infectious Diseases, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Community Psychology, Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, and Social Science Quarterly.

Alfredo Mirandé was born in Mexico City and came to the United States at age nine. He is the father of three children--Michele, Lucia, and Alejandro ("Mano"). He is also Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies, and past Chair of Chicano Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Social Relations. Mirandé's teaching and scholarly interests are at the intersection of Sociology, Law, and Race and Ethnic Theory. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Nebraska and JD from Stanford University, and taught at the Texas Tech University School of Law. Mirandé's areas of interest include Law, Race and Ethnic Theory, Chicano Sociology, and Race, Class, and Gender. He has been a National Research Council Fellow and a Rockefeller Fellow and was in residence at the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University.

Tanya Nieri. Tanya Nieri came to UCR in 2008, from Arizona State University where she was Research Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work and Coordinator of Research at the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center. Tanya's research interests include youth problem behaviors, particularly substance use and violence; causes and consequences of acculturation, particularly among immigrant families and youths; and community-based prevention interventions. Her research, which is primarily quantitative, tends to focus on Latinos, particularly those of Mexican-heritage in the United States and in Mexico. Tanya examines the resiliencies in a person's original ethnic culture and the risks associated with the loss of that culture and acquisition of American culture. At UCR, Tanya is affiliated with the Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies, the Southern California Academic Center of Excellence on Youth Violence Prevention, and the Center for Family Studies.

Sharon S. Oselin (PhD, UC Irvine) is an Associate Professor of Sociology, the Associate Director of the Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies, and a member of the UC Consortium on Social Science and Law. Her research interests include criminology, gender, social movements, organizations and culture. Much of Sharon’s work focuses on the intersections of crime, deviance, and gender, with a particular emphasis on sex work. Her criminological research explores entrance pathways into prostitution by age of onset, how organizations and social controls affect identity and desistance, violence and adaptive responses within the street-based sex trade, and the factors that determine whether non-profit organizations engage in advocacy or service provision on behalf of sex workers. In addition to a number of journal articles, Sharon is the author of Leaving Prostitution: Getting Out and Staying Out of Sex Work (2014, NYU Press). She has multiple research projects underway. Her most recent study examines how gentrification impacts those engaged in the illicit shadow economy by drawing on the case of trans and cisgender female sex workers in two different neighborhoods in Washington DC. Additional projects investigate (1) desistance and identity transformation among male and female adolescents, and (2) how masculine identity verification corresponds to the classification of serial sex killers.