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Dr. Alessandro Morosin

Dr. Alessandro Morosin

Assistant Professor of Sociology & Criminology

Office: (909) 448-4168
La Verne

Before happily arriving here at ULV, I taught at DePauw University and the University of San Diego. My classes explore structural inequalities and conflicts that people experience in the legal system, crime, policing, prisons, borders/migration, and gender relations.

Since liberal arts education is about freedom and making a better world (not just about getting a job or technical training), I enjoy supporting students in their academic journey to integrate critical thinking and community engagement into their identities, supporting them to become leaders in different areas of their lives. I also like to open things up by inviting other working professionals, community organizers, activists and guest authors to my classes and to the campus.

I have taught 20 students how to take their favorite topics and convert them into viable research projects that will earn them their undergraduate degrees in Sociology or Criminology.

When I am doing research over the winter or summer break, I am usually in Oaxaca, Mexico. I interview and support indigenous people who are trying to protect their communities by confronting large mining companies and other forms of dispossession. My first book will be based on this participatory action research with pueblos indigenas and defensores del territorio in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

Research and Teaching Interests

power and inequality, critical criminology, prison abolition, globalization, social movements, ethnography, systemic racism, resistance, environmental justice, resource extraction, Mexico and Latin America

ULV Classes:

Introduction to Sociology (First Year Leaning Experience- FLEX), Law and Society, Sociology Senior Thesis, Political Economy of Crime, Introduction to Criminology

Educational Background

PhD: Sociology, UC Riverside

M.A.: Global and International Studies, UC Santa Barbara

B.A.: Urban and Environmental Policy, Occidental College


(2023-2024) Ecocide, Ethnic Rights, and Extractivism: Struggles for Environmental Justice in Mexico. (invited book chapter in Environmental Justice in North America., forthcoming). Paul Rosier (Ed). Routledge: New York

(2023) No a La Mina: Indigenous Organizations’ Rejection of Toxic Mega-Mining in Mexico’s Isthmus of Tehuantepec.  Melanie A. Medeiros and Jennifer Guzmán (Eds). Insights on Latin America and the Caribbean: An Ethnographic Reader. University of Toronto Press.

(2023) The State, Accumulation, and Oaxaca’s Earthquake Survivors: Three Mechanisms of Inequality. Latin American Perspectives.

(2022) Paramilitaries in Oaxaca, Mexico: Enforcing Accumulation in a Geo-Strategic Region. in Paramilitary Groups and the State under Globalization: Political Violence, Elites, and Security(Routledge)

(2020) Comunalidad, Guendaliza’a, and the Cultural Politics of Anti-Mine Mobilizations in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (Journal of Political Ecology volume 27: Special Issue on Time and Temporality in Resource Extraction)

Awards / Honors

Recent Grants and Fellowships

2023-2024: University of La Verne Provost’s Research Grant (“Indigenous Environmental Justice: Participatory Ethnographic Research in Southern Mexico”)

2022-2023: Fellow, Randall Lewis Center for Wellbeing and Research

2020-2021: J. William Asher and Dorothy A. Asher Fund in the Social Sciences, DePauw University. (“Mines, Matriarchy and Mother Earth: Examining Indigenous Movements in Oaxaca, Mexico”)

2021: Social Science Research Council Religion and the Public Sphere Summer Institute for Early-Career Scholars; Santa Fe, New Mexico

Office Hours

Mondays 6:00-6:30pm, Thursdays 3:30-6:00pm

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