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Department ofSociology

Patrick Lopez-Aguado

Patrick Lopez-Aguado

Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Ph.D. 2013, Sociology, UC Santa Barbara

Patrick Lopez-Aguado's research interests include race and incarceration, juvenile justice, youth and street cultures, and urban ethnography.  He is the author of Stick Together and Come Back Home: Racial Sorting and the Spillover of Carceral Identity, which examines how the racial segregation institutionalized in California’s prison system impacts the violence and policing that young people experience in high-incarceration neighborhoods. His work has also been published in Social Problems, Theoretical Criminology, Sociology Compass, and Ethnography.

At Santa Clara, he teaches Principles of Sociology, Sociology of the Criminal Justice System, and Sociology of Deviance, Sociology of Crime, Gender and Justice, and Sociology of Law.

Patrick Lopez-Aguado is from Mountain View, CA, and he went to Loyola Marymount University for his undergraduate education. He joined the Department of Sociology at SCU in 2013. His hobbies include traveling, horror movies, and his cactus/succulent garden.


Stick Together and Come Back Home: Racial Sorting and the Spillover of Carceral Identity

In the News

November 26, 2021

Patrick Lopez-Aguado is quoted in "Behind the lout pushback against progressive district attorneys across the country" on NPR.

January 15, 2020

Patrick Lopez-Aguado wrote an op-ed that ran in the East Bay Times and The Mercury News about abolishing sentence enhancements for presumed gang members.

November 2019

Patrick Lopez-Aguado was interviewed on KCSB about the recent changes in the criminal justice system in California.