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Roberto Rivera
Roberto Rivera

Degrees: B.A. in Sociology from California State University San Marcos (2013); M.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside (2016). PhD Candidacy advancement in Sociology (2018)

Areas of Specialization: Criminology & Socio Legal Studies; Race and Class; and Restorative Justice

Roberto is the 2018-2019 Fulbright Scholar Award recipient in Criminology to Jamaica. As a Fulbright Scholar he was a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Criminal Justice and Security (ICJS) at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus. His Fulbright Scholar project is to oversee a special edition journal entry for the Caribbean Journal of Criminology. It is a dossier of 5 scholarly articles. It is directed towards the practice of Restorative Justice in the West Indies and will be published in the journal in the Spring of 2021.

Roberto’s critical criminological scholarship is unique as it comes from his work as a practitioner. In 2008, he presented at the U.S. Department of Justice CCDO annual conference in Detroit Michigan. His M.A. thesis has been picked up by Routledge Taylor and Francis as a chapter in Gringo Injustice led by my PhD chair, Alfredo Mirande. He is profiled in Kim Wright’s Lawyers as Changemakers: The Global Integrative Law MovementBobby’s Story (2016) as making “positive contributions in policing”. He was one of two non-attorneys that was nationally profiled.

Roberto also researches structural intersections within policing, structural trust, aggression, and transnational policing. He is interested in the advancement of his Holistic Policing methods in race as it intersects Restorative Justice practice. He has served as a guest lecturer in the countries of Ecuador, Jamaica, Trinidad, and Barbados.

Roberto has also served as a discussant at 13 conferences and currently volunteers on numerous committees on the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ). Additionally, he currently serves in the non-profit sector in  emergency management on a national rapid deployment response team. He has responded to Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Florence, California Campfire and many other natural disasters.

Roberto is additionally interested in research in the following areas: Climate Change and Crime; Environmental Sociology: Indigeneity; Social Policy; Sociology of Disasters; and Postcolonialism in the West Indies, Caribbean, and South America.

Curriculum Vitae is available by request.

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