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Roberto Rivera
Roberto Rivera

Roberto Rivera is a Ph.D. Candidate from the University of California, Riverside. He is researching racialized governmental structures as it intersects the variables of trust in communities of color. He is additionally interested in the advancement of Restorative Justice practices through his “Holistic policing methods”.

Roberto is the 2018-2019 U.S. Fulbright Scholar award recipient in Criminology for Jamaica (See article below) and a 2020 Golden Key International Honor’s Society Scholar. He has presented in 5 countries and is currently working on a book that profiles his experiences in Jamaica as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar (2022) and a 2nd book on his PhD dissertation (2021).

Roberto’s critical criminological scholarship is unique as it comes from his work as a police officer of 20 years. In 2008, as an officer, he national presented and was recognized at the U.S. Department of Justice CCDO annual conference in Detroit Michigan for his Adelante Project initiative. Furthermore, his M.A. thesis has been picked up by Routledge Taylor and Francis as a chapter in Gringo Injustice, edited by his Ph.D. chair, Alfredo Mirande. He is profiled by the American Bar Association and Esquire Kim Wright in 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.

Additionally, due to Roberto’s interest in the Sociology of Disasters, he has served in numerous high-level disaster relief efforts as a volunteer including Hurricane Maria (2017); Hurricane Harvey (2017); Hurricane Florence (2018); Camp Fire in Paradise California (2018); Puerto Rico Earthquakes (2020); Colorado Wildfire (2020); and recent wildfires in Northern California (2020). He is available for public speaking and his Curriculum Vitae (CV) is available upon request.

Areas of Specialization

Critical Race Theory, Race & Inequality, Restorative Justice Practice, Socio-Legal Studies, Qualitative Research, Ethnography, Sociology of Disasters, and Indigenous Cultures.

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