Dr. Mike Tapia

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Ohio State University
Office: BD 112
Phone: 575-646-5386


Curriculum Vitae: Tapia CV Aug 2018

Tapia 2018



Dr. Mike Tapia earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the Ohio State University and served on the faculty at UT San Antonio’s Criminal Justice Department from 2003 to 2015.  His teaching and research interests include crime theory, race and crime, juvenile justice, and street crimes. He publishes on risk factors in juvenile arrest, Latino arrest risk, and Latino gang migration. His latest works examine Chicano street and prison gang organization in historical perspective.

KRWG FM Interview Link “The Barrio Gangs of San Antonio.”




Criminology (Undergrad CJ 303 & Graduate CJ 511) 

Juvenile Justice & Corrections CJ 333

Juvenile Delinquency CJ 360

Race, Ethnicity, and Crime (Undergrad  CJ 414 & CJ 514 Graduate) 

Street Subcultures & the Underclass (Undergrad CJ 432 & Graduate CJ 532)


Recent Publications: 

Mike Tapia.  (2018).  “Barrio Criminal Networks and Prison Gang Formation in Texas” 

Journal of Gang Research.  

Mike Tapia (2017).  The Barrio Gangs of San Antonio, Texas, 1915-2015.  Texas Christian University Press, Fort Worth, Texas.

Mike Tapia, Nicholas Natividad and Crystal Vasquez. (2017). “The Effects of 

Restorative Justice Programming On Juvenile Offender Empathy”.  Journal of Knowledge and Best Practices in Juvenile Justice and Psychology 10(1): 7 -16.

Mike Tapia & Ruben O. Martinez.  (2017). “Ethics Review and the Minority 

Ethnographer: A Case Study in Racialized Invalidation”. Race & Justice, 7(2):  127 – 143.

Mike Tapia and Carlos Posadas. (2017).  “Revisiting the Community Gang Intervention 

Model” Journal of Gang Research, 24 (3):  1-16.

Mike Tapia, Henrika McCoy, and Lynsey Tucker. (2015). “Suicidal Ideation in Juvenile 

Arrestees: Exploring Legal and Temporal Factors”.  Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 14 (4): 468-483.   

Mike Tapia. (2015) “San Antonio’s Barrio Gangs: Size, Scope, and Other Characteristics”. 

Deviant Behavior, 36 (9): 691-701.