Anthony A. Peguero is a professor of sociology and criminology in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics and School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University and the director of the Laboratory for the Study of Youth Inequality and Justice. His research interests involve youth violence, socialization and marginalization, schools, and the adaptation of the children immigrants. Professor Peguero is also a member of Latina/o/x Criminology and Racial Democracy, Crime, and Justice Network and which both hold the goals of advancing research on the intersection of race, crime, equity, and justice.
Professor Peguero’s research focuses on youth violence, socialization and marginalization, education, and the adaptation of the children immigrants. Overarching themes in his research include: to highlight the barriers and challenges faced by the children of immigrants; to demonstrate how social inequality is central for sociological and criminological theories toward understanding and addressing youth violence; to explore how the intersection of race/ethnicity, immigration, and gender in relationship to youth marginalization, particularly within schools; and, to investigate policies intended to promote safety and equity for youth.
As a result of his research agenda, Professor Peguero has two books, more than 80 published or forthcoming peer-reviewed journal articles,12 peer-reviewed book chapters, four edited special issues and two edited books. In order to pursue and support his research agenda, he has been successful in attaining approximately $6 million in external funding.
Professor Peguero currently serves as deputy editor of Sociology of Education, Associate Editor for Race and Justice and on the editorial board of the Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice. He is also currently the second vice president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, executive counselor for the American Society of Criminology, council member for the American Sociological Association and section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities. Professor Peguero was also a National Institute Justice W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow; 2020 American Sociological Association, Section on Crime, Law, and Deviance, Peterson-Krivo Mentoring Award, this award recognizes sustained work and/or innovative approaches in the service of facilitating the success of undergraduate students, graduate students, and/or other scholars, particularly younger scholars; 2020 Society for the Study of Social Problems Joseph B. Gittler Award, this award recognizes the significant scholarly achievements that a member has made in contributing to the ethical resolution of social problems; 2018 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Minority and Women’s Section, Becky Tatum Excellence Award; 2018 Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award; 2015 Virginia Tech Institute for Society, Culture and Environment Fellow; 2014 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Tory J. Caeti Outstanding Young Scholar Award Winner; and, 2013 American Society of Criminology Coramae Richey Mann Award Winner.