Luis Fernandez, PhD

Luis Fernandez
  • Director, MA Program on Sustainable Communities
  • Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice





Subject-matter expertise

  • sustainable communities
  • civic engagement and civil liberties
  • protest policing and social control
  • social movements, activism, riots, and mobilization
  • critical race theory
  • immigration

Background

Luis Fernandez is an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice, as well as the director of the MA program on sustainable communities. His research and teaching interests focus on civic engagement, the mobilization of sustainable community programs, social activism, protesting, and the contexts in which these happen.

Fernandez’s recent books include Policing Dissent: Social Control and the Anti-Globalization Movement (2008) and Shutting Down the Streets (2011), both focusing on the policing of protest and social control of mass mobilizations. His work has also appeared in various journals, including Social Justice and Qualitative Sociology.

Fernandez and his students are currently engaged in various sustainable community-outreach projects including:

  • local gardening for food production
  • weatherizing homes in underrepresented communities
  • large-scale, regional composting of approximately one ton per day for resale and reuse
  • creating sustainable relationships with Tibetan refugees in India

Fernandez was the recipient of Northern Arizona University’s 2010 Research and Creative Activity Award for Most Promising Scholar, and has served as the vice-president for the Society for the Study of Social Problems. He received his PhD from the School of Justice Studies and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University.

Publications

  • Fernandez, Luis and Huey, Laura (eds.). “Alternatives to Policing:Issues of Justice Through the Lens of Law Enforcement.” Contemporary Justice Review 14, no. 1 (2011)
  • Fernandez, Luis and Huey, Laura (eds.). “Surveillance and Resistance.” Journal of Surveillance and Society 6, no. 3 (2009): 199-351.
  • Fernandez, Luis and Huey, Laura. “Is Resistance Futile? Thoughts on Resisting Surveillance.” Journal of Surveillance and Society 6, no. 3 (2009): 199-202
  • Starr, A., Fernandez, L., and Scholl, C. Shutting Down the Streets: Political Violence and Social Control. New York: New York University Press, 2011.
  • Amster, R., DeLeon, A., Fernandez, L., Nocella, A., and Shannon, D. (eds). Contemporary Anarchist Studies. New York: Routledge, 2009.
  • Fernandez, L. Policing Dissent: Social Control and the Anti-globalization Movement. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2008.

Awards and recognitions

  • Research and Creative Activity Award for Most Promising Scholar, Northern Arizona University, 2010.
  • Honorable Mention, Outstanding New Scholar, Northern Arizona University, 2009.
  • $10,000 Graduate Student Minority Fellowship, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2003.
  • Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award, Arizona State University Graduate Student Association, 2003.
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award for creative teaching, School of Justice Studies at Arizona State University, 2002.
  • Preparing Future Faculty Fellow, Arizona State University, 2000-2002.

Special groups and committees

  • Program Committee Member for the Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2010-2011.
  • Program Committee Member for the American Society of Criminology, 2009-2010.
  • Elected to the National Board of Directors for the Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2007-2010.
  • Chair, Lee Scholar-Activists Support Funds Committee, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2008-2009.
  • Chair-elect, Lee Scholar-Activists Support Funds Committee, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2007-2008.
  • Committee Member for the C. Wright Mills Award Committee, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2006-2007.
  • Committee Member for the Long Range Planning Committee, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2004-2006.
  • Committee Member for the Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship Committee, Society for the Study of Social Problems.
  • Elected to the National Board of Directors as Graduate Student Representative for the Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2004-2006.
  • Program Committee Member for the Society for Study of Social Problems, 2003.

Professional memberships

  • The Society for the Study of Social Problems
  • American Sociological Association
  • Law and Society Association
  • Pacific Sociological Association
  • American Society of Criminology
  • Justice Studies Association

Education

  • BA, International Relations, California State University
  • MA, Political Science, Arizona State University
  • PhD, Justice Studies, Arizona State University