Michael Sierra Arévalo

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Ph.D. Candidate
Education: 
B.A. in sociology and psychology (high honors) from the University of Texas at Austin
Areas of Interest: 
Policing, Gangs, Violence Prevention, Criminal Justice Policy

Michael Sierra-Arévalo received his B.A. in sociology and psychology (high honors) from the University of Texas at Austin. He is an affiliate fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS), and a graduate student affiliate of the Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE).

His dissertation research uses extensive participant observations and interviews in multiple urban police departments to explore how police socialization and perceptions of danger influence police behavior. His research interests also include gangs, gun violence, social networks, and public policy strategies for reducing urban violence.

Since 2012, Sierra-Arévalo has provided research and programmatic support to Project Longevity, a statewide gun-violence prevention program being implemented with cooperation from local police, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, social service providers, and the local community.