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Erin Coleman

PhD Candidate

Research Interests

Crime, Law, and Social Control , Social Movements , Political Sociology , Criminology , Sociology of Law


Erin received her BA in Sociology from Loyola University in New Orleans. After working in the social services sector for a year, Erin decided to pursue a graduate degree in Sociology at the University of New Mexico. She received her MA in Sociology in 2015 and is working toward her doctorate. Erin is primarily interested in the intersection of politics and crime. Her thesis examines the impact of neighborhood narrative frames on the use of informal and formal social control. Erin has participated in data collection efforts for the second wave of the National Neighborhood Crime Study with Dr. María Vélez and Dr. Christopher Lyons. She is currently assisting Dr. María Vélez in undergraduate Criminology courses.