Associate Professor of Urban Planning
MA and Ph.D., sociology, UCLA
BA, political science, Rice University
Areas of Interest:Bureaucracies, Criminal Justice, Immigration, Law and Society, Qualitative Methods, Race and Ethnicity
Office Location:5355, Public Affairs
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Amada Armenta’s research examines the connections between the immigration enforcement system and the criminal justice system, and the implications of this connection for immigrants, bureaucracies, and cities.
Her award-winning book, “Protect Serve and Deport: The Rise of Policing as Immigration Enforcement” (University of California Press, 2017), analyzes the role of local law enforcement agencies in immigration enforcement in Nashville, Tennessee. Currently, she is working on her second book project, an examination of the legal attitudes of unauthorized Mexican immigrants in Philadelphia.
Dr. Armenta’s research has been published in journals of sociology, law and society, and policy. She has received research funding from the American Sociological Association, the National Science Foundation, the American Society of Criminology, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Prior to joining Luskin as a faculty member, she was an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.