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Nancy Rodriguez

Faculty Profile: Nancy Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Criminology and Criminal Justice


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Sam Houston State University, B.A
Washington State University, Ph.D

ASU at the Downtown Campus
Criminology and Criminal Justice
411 N. Central Ave. Ste. 600
Phoenix, AZ 85004


Nancy Rodriguez is associate dean of the College of Public Programs and a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Washington State University in 1998. Her research interests include sentencing policies, juvenile court processes, and substance abuse. She also conducts research in the area of restorative justice. Her research has included program evaluations of drug courts, restorative justice programs, and three strikes laws. She has also conducted studies on the role of race/ethnicity and gender in juvenile court processes. Rodriguez recently completed a study of prosecution and sentencing practices of imprisoned drug offenders pre and post Arizona's mandatory drug treatment law. She is currently working on a statewide analysis of race/ethnicity and gender in Arizona's juvenile court system. Rodriguez has received several grants from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is the co-author of Just Cause or Just Because? Prosecution and Plea-bargaining Resulting in Prison Sentences on Low-level Drug Charges in California and Arizona and co-editor of Images of Color, Images of Crime: Readings. Her recent work has appeared in Crime Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, and Criminology Public Policy.

Courses taught

  • CRJ 100 Justice System
  • CRJ 340 Juvenile Justice
  • CRJ 302 Research Methods
  • CRJ 598 Seminar on Courts and Sentencing
  • CRJ 534 Program Evaluation for Criminal Justice

Recent Publications

(Note: student co-authors are indicted by an asterisk)

  • Rodriguez, Nancy. Concentrated disadvantage and the incarceration of youth: Examining how context affects juvenile justice. Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency, 50(2), 189-215.
  • 2012 Turanovic, Jillian*, Rodriguez, Nancy, & Pratt, Travis. The collateral consequences of incarceration revisited: A qualitative analysis of the effect on caregivers of children of incarcerated parents. Criminology, 50(4), 913-959.
  • 2012 Cooper, John*, Fox, Andrew* & Rodriguez, Nancy. Race, structural disadvantage and illicit drug use among arrestees. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 23(1), 18 - 39.
  • 2011 Tasca, Melinda*, Rodriguez, Nancy & Zatz, Marjorie S. Family and residential instability in the context of paternal and maternal incarceration: An examination of children’s living situation and delinquency. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 38(3), 231-247.
  • 2011 Griffin, Marie & Rodriguez, Nancy. The gendered nature of drug acquisitions: An examination of personal networks within marijuana and crack drug markets. Crime & Delinquency, 57(3), 408 - 431.
  • 2011 Leiber, M. & Rodriguez, Nancy. The implementation of the Disproportionate Minority Confinement/Contact (DMC) mandate: A failure or success? Race and Justice, 1(1), 103-124.

Grant Activity:

  • Arizona’s Juvenile Justice System Disproportionate Minority Contact Assessment. (Principal Investigator: Nancy Rodriguez). Arizona Governor’s Office, 2011. [$111,669]
  • An Impact Evaluation of Three Strategies Created to Reduce Disproportionate Minority Contact and the Detention Population. (Principal Investigator: Nancy Rodriguez; Co-Principal Investigators: Elizabeth Eells, Scott Decker). Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 2009-2011. [$319, 117]

Community Involvement

Arizona Supreme Court, Administrative Office of the Courts: Arizona Building Blocks Initiative, Research Advisory Board

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Criminology
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences


  • Juvenile Justice
  • Sentencing Policies
  • Evaluation Research
  • Race, Gender, and Crime
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