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Amada Armenta

Associate Professor
Department: Urban Planning, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
5355 Public Affairs
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656
Campus mailcode: 951656
Tel: 310-206-7150
Keywords: Mexico, Immigration, Racism

Amada Armenta’s research examines the connections between the immigration enforcement system and the criminal justice system, and the implications of this connection for immigrants, bureaucracies, and cities.

Her award-winning book, Protect Serve and Deport: The Rise of Policing as Immigration Enforcement (University of California Press, 2017), analyzes the role of local law enforcement agencies in immigration enforcement in Nashville, Tennessee. Currently, she is working on her second book project, an examination of the legal attitudes of unauthorized Mexican immigrants in Philadelphia.

Dr. Armenta’s research has been published in journals of sociology, law and society, and policy. She has received research funding from the American Sociological Association, the National Science Foundation, the American Society of Criminology, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.