Mike Tapia, Ph.D
Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator of Criminal Justice

  • Faculty
Sociology and Criminal Justice
McDowell Administration Building 102G
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Sociology, The Ohio State University, 2008
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2001
  • B.A., Political Science, St. Mary’s University (Texas), 1996

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2021-present
  • Adult Probation and Parole, State of New Mexico Corrections Department, 2020-2021
  • Assistant and Associate Professor, New Mexico State University, 2015-2020
  • Assistant Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2008-2015
  • Lecturer, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2003-2007
  • Graduate Assistant, The Ohio State University, 2001-2003
  • Caseworker, University of Chicago, 1997-2007

Awards and Honors

  • 2021 TAMUC College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts (CHSSA) Research Support grant
  • College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Achievement in Outreach, 2019 (NMSU)
  • Nominated to the university’s “Tuly Innovative” teaching award, December 2019 (NMSU)
  • Nominated for University Research Council’s Exceptional Achievements in Creative Scholarly Activity, October 2019 (NMSU)

Research Interests

  • Street and Prison Gangs
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Race and Crime

Featured Courses

  • CJ13010: Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJ326: Juvenile Delinquency
  • CJ497: Race, Ethnicity, and Crime
  • CJ530: Criminology Seminar
  • CJ568: Seminar in Corrections

Professional Organizations

  • American Society of Criminology (ASC)
  • National Association of Chicana & Chicano Studies (NAACS)
  • Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE)

Selected Publications

Mike Tapia, Deborah Blalock, JoAnne Choi, & Erika Ochoa. 2021. “Dropout & Incarceration: Extending the School to Prison Pipeline (STPP) Construct in Texas”. Justice Policy Journal, 17 (2): 1-24.

Mike Tapia. 2020. “Gangs of the El Paso-Juarez Borderland: The Role of History and Geography in shaping Criminal Subcultures.” Trends in Organized Crime, 23(1): 367-384.

Mike Tapia. 2019. “Modern Chicano Street Gangs: Ethnic Pride Versus ‘Gangsta’ Subculture”. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 41(3): 1-25.

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