Amada Armenta, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology


Ph.D Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2011
M.A. Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006
B.A. Political Science, Rice University, 2004

Curriculum Vitae

Research Description: 

My research examines how the policies and practices of local law enforcement agencies in Nashville, Tennessee intersect with federal deportation policy. Relying on interviews and ethnographic observations with members of the police and sheriff’s department, and immigration advocacy groups, my work demonstrates how mundane decisions made by street-level bureaucrats can result in deportation for unauthorized migrants. More broadly, I seek to understand how government bureaucracies respond to the presence of Latino immigrants, and conversely, how Latino immigrants adapt to life in the U.S.

Recent Publications:

- Armenta, Amada. 2016. "Racializing Crimmigration: Structural Racism, Colorblindness and the Institutional Production of Immigrant Criminality." Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.
doi: 10.1177/2332649216648714

- Stuart, Forrest, Amada Armenta, and Melissa Osborne. 2015. “Legal Control of Marginal Groups.” Annual Review of Law and Social Science 11(1): 235–54.

- Armenta, Amada. 2015. “Between Public Service and Social Control: Policing Dilemmas in the Era of Immigration Enforcement.” Social Problems.  doi: 10.1093/socpro/spv024

Contact Information: 

Office: 228 McNeil Building
Phone: 215.898.9980