Christopher J. Lyons

Professor

Photo: Christopher Lyons
Email: 
clyons@unm.edu
Office: 
SSCI 1074

Curriculum vitae

Education

PhD, Sociology, University of Washington (2006)

Research Interests

Crime, Law, and Social Control, Race and Ethnicity, Deviance and Social Control

Urban and Community Sociology, Hate Crime

Research Statement:

I study violence and social control as powerful determinants of inequality. Two principal goals drive much of my work: 1) to better understand how social, economic, and political dimensions of structural racism shape ethno-racial disparities in community violence, and 2) to query the explicit or subtle ways that race and ethnicity structure the mobilization of socio-legal control.

Recent/Select Publications:

Krivo, Lauren J., María B. Vélez, Christopher J. Lyons, Jason B Phillips, and Elizabeth Sabbath*. 2018. “Race, Crime and the Changing Fortunes of Urban Neighborhoods (1993-2013),” The DuBois Review, 15(1):47-68.

María B. Vélez, Christopher J. Lyons, and Wayne Santoro. 2015. “The Political Context of the Percent of Black-Neighborhood violence link: A Multilevel Analysis,” Social Problems 62(1): 93-119.

Lyons, Christopher J., María B. Vélez, and Wayne Santoro. 2013. “Immigration, Neighborhood Violence, and City Political Opportunities.”  American Sociological Review 78(4): 604-32.

María B. Vélez, Christopher J. Lyons, and Blake Boursaw. 2012. “Neighborhood Housing Investments and Violent Crime in Seattle: 1981-2007,” Criminology 50(4): 1025-56.

 Lyons, Christopher J. 2007. “Community (Dis)Organization and Racially Motivated Crime,” American Journal of Sociology 113(3): 815-63.

Denotes graduate student coauthor

Courses:

Sociology of Deviance

Race, Class, and Crime

Drugs, Crime, and Social Control

Communities, Race, and Crime (graduate)

Crime, Law and Social Control (graduate)