Dr. Duran has been at the Texas A&M University since 2018. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado in 2006 and previously was a tenured and promoted associate professor at New Mexico State University (2006-2014) and University of Tennessee (2014-2018). His research focuses upon four areas: 1) gangs; 2) police shootings; 3) disproportionate minority contact for juveniles; and 4) neighborhood segregation shaped by racial and ethnic inequalities. As a criminologist and urban ethnographer, I have primarily concentrated my research on institutions of social control and how they vary between Mexican American barrios, White suburbs, and Black neighborhoods in the Southwest and Southeast along with individual and group efforts to resist unequal treatment. My overall devotion to my academic career is towards assisting grassroots empowerment strategies in marginalized communities by using research to change institutional policies and practices.
- Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Colorado Boulder - (Boulder, Colorado, United States) 2006
- B.A. in Sociology, minor in Criminal Justice and Psychology, Weber State University - (Ogden, Utah, United States) 2000
- Durán, R. J., & Shroulote‐Durán, C. M. (2021). The racialized patterns of police violence: The critical importance of research as praxis. Sociology Compass. 15(8),
- Durán, R. J., & Campos, J. A. (2020). Gangs, gangsters, and the impact of settler colonialism on the Latina/o experience. Sociology Compass. 14(3),
- Durán, R. J. (2020). “Jesus Saved an Ex-Con”: Political Activism and Redemption after Incarceration . By Edward Orozco Flores. New York: New York University Press, 2018. Pp. xi+201. $89.00 (cloth); $30.00 (paper).. American Journal of Sociology. 125(5), 1409-1411.
- Durán, R. J. (2018). Human Targets: Schools, Police, and the Criminalization of Latino Youth . By Victor M. Rios. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. Pp. vii+211. $60.00 (cloth); $20.00 (paper).. American Journal of Sociology. 124(3), 916-918.
- Durán, R. J., & Loza, O. (2017). Exploring the two trigger fingers thesis: racial and ethnic differences in officer involved shootings. Contemporary Justice Review. 20(1), 1-24.
- Durán, R. J. (2018). The Gang Paradox Inequalities and Miracles on the U.S.-Mexico Border. Columbia University Press.
- Durán, R. J. (2013). Gang Life in Two Cities An Insider's Journey. Columbia University Press.
- Duran, R. (2020). Officer Involved Shootings of Latinos: Moving Beyond the Black/White Binary. Mirande, A. (Eds.), Gringo Injustice: Insider Perspectives on Police, Gangs, and Law. (pp. 44-62). Routledge.
- Duran, R. (2018). Ethnographic Reflexivity: Geographic Comparisons of Gangs and Policing in the Barrios of the Southwest. Martinez, R., Hollis, M. E., & Stowell, J. I. (Eds.), The Handbook of Race, Ethnicity, Crime, and Justice. (pp. 353-370). JOhn Wiley & Sons.
- Duran, R. (2017). Policing the Barrios: Latinos and Law Enforcement Over the Years. Urbina, M. G., & Alvarez, S. E. (Eds.), Ethnicity and Criminal Justice in the Era of Mass Incarceration Criminal Justice, Police Science, the Law, and Private Investigation and Security. (pp. 96-116). Charles C Thomas Publisher.
- Duran, R. (2017). Urban Youth Encounters with Legitimately Oppressive Gang Enforcement, 2nd Edition. Copes, H., & Pogrebin, M. R. (Eds.), Voices from Criminal Justice Insider Perspectives, Outsider Experiences. (pp. 122-137). Taylor & Francis.
- Duran, R. (2016). Legitimated Suppression: Inner-City Mexican-Americans and the Police. Adler, P., & Adler, P. (Eds.), Constructions of Deviance: Social Power, Context, and Interaction. (pp. 192-205). Cengage Learning.
Institutional Repository Documents3
- Duran, R., Campos, J., & Nelson, B. (2020). Knoxville Gang Update. Class of 2016..
- Duran, R., Campos, J., & Bordt, M. (2020). Southern New Mexico/Texas Gang Update III. Class of 2012..
- Durán, R. (2015). Southern New Mexico/Texas Gang Update. Class of 2010..
- ‘Divergent Social Worlds’: Amid COVID-19, Increased Violence Lays Bare Class, Racial Difference in Knoxville Tennessee Journalist December 3, 2020
- “Police Officers Are Rarely Prosecuted or Convicted in Arizona. Here Are Some of the Hurdles” Arizona Republic June 9, 2020
- El Paso defies expectations of violence despite long history of gangs, experts say El Paso Times April 20, 2019
- 65 Percent of Denver Police Shootings Questionable or Problematic, Study Says Westword February 3, 2017
- Need for belonging, lack of opportunity drive Knoxville gang membership Knoxville News Sentinel July 31, 2016
- The Coramae Richey Mann Award conferred by The American Society of Criminology - (Columbus, Ohio, United States) - for outstanding contributions of scholarship on race/ethnicity, crime, and justice 2019
- New Scholar Award conferred by The American Society of Criminology - (Columbus, Ohio, United States) - Division on People of Color and Crime 2011