Durán, Robert individual record
Associate Professor

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.

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Academic Articles24
  • Durn, R. J. (2022). Book Review: Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico by Marisol LeBrn. Punishment & Society. 146247452210792-146247452210792.
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  • Durn, R. J., & ShrouloteDurn, C. M. (2021). The racialized patterns of police violence: The critical importance of research as praxis. Sociology Compass. 15(8),
  • Durn, R. J. (2021). Gangs of the El Paso-Jurez Borderland: A history. Latino Studies. 19(1), 134-136.
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  • Durn, R. J., & Campos, J. A. (2020). Gangs, gangsters, and the impact of settler colonialism on the Latina/o experience. Sociology Compass. 14(3),
  • Durn, R. J. (2018). The Gang Paradox Inequalities and Miracles on the U.S.-Mexico Border. Columbia University Press.
  • Durn, 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 192-205. Cengage Learning.
Repository Documents / Preprints6
  • Duran, R., Campos, J., & Nelson, B. (2020). Knoxville Gang Update. Class of 2016..
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  • Duran, R., Campos, J., & Bordt, M. (2020). Southern New Mexico/Texas Gang Update III. Class of 2012..
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