CERSI Graduate Affiliate, Michael Sierra-Arévalo, will Join the Faculty at Rutgers School of Criminal Justice in Fall 2018

Department News
Student Awards and Recognition
March 2, 2018

Michael’s dissertation research employs ethnographic and interview methods in three U.S. cities to understand how officers come to perceive their work as profoundly dangerous and the behavioral effects of these perceptions. His research finds that officers view their work through a cultural frame–the danger imperative–that emphasizes the possibility of violence and the need to ensure officer safety. As a result of perception mediated through this frame, officers engage in behaviors that they believe enhance their safety, but which in fact endanger them, their fellow officers, and the public. He has also published research on gun violence reduction in New Haven, CT, the use of social network analysis in gang violence reduction strategies, and the link between legal cynicism and protective gun ownership. Michael has recently expanded his ethnographic work to Mexico City, where he has observed the operations of the Metropolitan Police. Michael expressed, “I am very excited to join the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice and could not be happier to join the group of gifted scholars that currently call the School home. I am coming into the School with three other (outstanding) new hires, which promises to be a wonderful resource as I find the lay of the land in my first academic position. Outside the School, Rutgers-Newark is one of the most diverse campuses in the U.S. and I look forward to teaching and working with students who can draw on a variety of backgrounds and experiences. I think Rutgers will be a wonderful place to continue my development as a scholar and I can’t wait to become a part of such a vibrant university, School, and community!”