Dr. Francisco Alatorre

Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Director, Master of Criminal Justice Program

Ph.D. Arizona State University, 2011
Office: BD 105
Phone: 575-646-5159



Curriculum Vitae: Alatorre CV



Dr. Francisco Alatorre earned his doctorate in Justice Studies and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University in 2011. Before coming to New Mexico State University, Dr. Alatorre taught as a lecturer in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Arizona State University, Tempe and Downtown Campus. Prior to immigrating to the United States, he practiced law in Mexico. His research focuses mainly on (1) undocumented immigrant women and youth, by studying them in terms of ethnicity, race, gender, and how these factors challenge their identity and create barriers to obtain legal status. Furthermore, he is also researching to understand how these women, who are frequent victims of domestic abuse, current political agendas, and their own low self-esteem, empower themselves by symbolic interaction; (2) The relationship between the homeless and the ways social inequalities are shaped by complex intersections of gender, race, class, and nationality; and (3) borderland concerns. Currently Dr. Alatorre is investigating how homeless people perceive charity services in the Neoliberal Age; and how social service providers perceive and promote undocumented youth resiliency.



CJ 429/529 Immigration and Justice

CJ 501 Research Methods

CJ 541 Crime Justice Policy Analysis

CJ 345/545 Victimology

CJ 300 Introduction to Research Methods

CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice



Francisco Alatorre. “Keeping the Candle Lighted.”  In “1, 2,3,4,5…43: Justice! Ay! Ay! Ayotzinapa: A Challenge for New Critical Qualitative Inquiry.” Sage Publications Inc 2015.

Francisco Alatorre. “Desperately Seeking Success: Mexican Undocumented Immigrant Women and Imagined Communities of Success,” In Sea Area of Context of Social Processes: Technologies, Risks, Values, edited by Alexander Chernov. (Kerch, Ukraine: Kerch University Press, 2015): 119-123.

Alatorre, Francisco J. “Social and political integration.“  In Debates on US Immigration, edited by  J. Gans, E.M. Replogle, and D.J. Tichenor (Sage Publications, 2012): 416-428

Johnson, John M., Francisco Alatorre, David Berg, Roy Janisch, Elizabeth McLin, Andrey Melnikov, Jennifer Murray, Scott Renshaw, Timothy Rowlands, Kyrsten Sinema,”Imagining Imagination,” in Studies in Symbolic Interaction 39 (2012): 227-250.

Encyclopedia Entry and Collections (Completed)

Alatorre, Francisco  Charlene Shroulete. “Vagrancy and the Homeless.” In Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice edited by  Bruce A. Arrigo, Golson, J. Geoffrey. Sage Publications Inc. 2014.

 Posadas, Carlos, Francisco Alatorre. “Immigration Law and Policy.” In Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice, edited by Bruce Arrigo and Golson, J. Geoffrey.  Sage Publications Inc, 2014.