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Alex R. Piquero

Professor of Sociology & Criminology and Arts & Sciences Distinguished Scholar, University of Miami
Chapter Member: Florida SSN

About Alex

Piquero's research focuses on crime policy, crime prevention, crime rates, immigration/crime, and sports/crime.


In the News

Opinion: "Undocumented Immigrants Commit Less Crime than Other People, so What Are We Afraid of?," Alex R. Piquero, Dallas News, April 23, 2019.
Opinion: "We Are Divided on Black Lives Matter and Other Movements," Alex R. Piquero (with Erin Orrick), My San Antonio, December 16, 2018.
Opinion: "Sometimes, Locking Kids Up Makes Matters Worse," Alex R. Piquero, Huffington Post, February 21, 2017.
Opinion: "The NFL Isn't the Haven for Violent Criminals You Think It Is," Alex R. Piquero, The Dallas Morning News, April 25, 2016.


"Nothing Fake Here: The Public Criminology Case for Being Smart on Crime by Being Smarter on People" Justice Evaluation Journal (2019).

Argues for the importance of outward-facing public criminology, in addition to academic criminology. Highlights the useful contributions that public criminology has had to vulnerable populations like children and immigrants. Illustrates that smart crime policy is best informed by intelligent observations of people.

"The Racial Divide Surrounding United States of American National Anthem Protests in the National Football League" (with Jonathan Intravia and Nicole Leeper Piquero). Deviant Behavior 39, no. 8 (2018): 1058-1068.

Examines how perceptions of NFL protests vary across race, with black strongly supporting protests compared to non-blacks.

"The National Felon League?: A Comparison of NFL Arrests to General Population Arrests" (with Wanda Leal and Marc Gertz). Journal of Criminal Justice 43, no. 5 (2015): 397-403.

Compares crime offending patterns for NFL players to the general public, showing NFL players actually do less crime (picked up by Reuters, CNN, etc.).

"Comparing Patterns and Predictors of Immigrant Offending among a Sample of Adjudicated Youth" (with Bianca E. Bersani and Thomas A. Loughran). Journal of Youth and Adolescence 43 (2014): 1914-1933.

Shows that first-generation immigrants commit less crime than second-generation and native born.

"New Evidence on the Monetary Value of Saving a High Risk Youth" (with Mark A. Cohen). Journal of Quantitative Crimnology 25, no. 1 (2009): 25-49.

Calculates the value of saving a child from a high-risk life of crime, about $2-5 million dollars.

"Effects of Early Family/Parent Training Programs on Antisocial Behavior and Delinquency" (with David P. Farrington, Brandon C. Welsh, Richard Tremblay, and Wesley Jennings). Journal of Experimental Criminology 5, no. 2 (2009): 83-120.

Summarizes the state of the science on early-family/parent training programs showing them to be very effective.