Ph.D., Sociology, August 2015 Texas A&M University,
Dissertation Title: “Racialized Policing on the South Texas-Mexico Border: Mexican American Police Officers’ Racialization of Latin-Origin Unauthorized Immigrants.”
M.S., Sociology, May 2009 The University of Texas-Pan American
B.S., Criminal Justice, May 2005 The University of Texas-Pan American
A.A.S., Criminal Justice, July 2003 South Texas College
Eric Gamino is an Assistant Professor of Criminology and Justice Studies at California State University, Northridge. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Texas A&M University. His research interests include policing and police-community relations; racial and ethnic relations; critical criminology; immigration and crime; U.S.-Mexico border region; and qualitative research methods. Dr. Gamino’s research interest focuses on minorities’ experiences with the criminal justice system. He is a former police officer. His commitment to understanding the link between police abuses and community trust is driven by an intellectual curiosity about racial and ethnic relations with police at the community level, along U.S.-Mexico border region and beyond. Because his research addresses police-community issues, his hope is to inspire others as well as advocate for social justice within a relationship frame between police officers and the general public.