Dr. Michael Tapia

Assistant Professor

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


Curriculum Vitae: Tapia CV June 2017


Dr. Mike Tapia is new to the Criminal Justice Department at NMSU. He 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 2014.  His teaching and research interests include crime theory, race and crime, juvenile justice, and street crimes. He’s published work 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.

Dr. Mike Tapia’s interview on KRWG FM about his new book “The Barrio Gangs of San Antonio, 1915-2015.”




Intro to Crime Theory
Criminology (Graduate) (Online)
Juvenile Justice
Race, Ethnicity, and Crime (Graduate)
Street Subcultures & the Underclass (Undergrad) (Graduate) (Online)



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

Mike Tapia, Henrika McCoy, and Lynsey Tucker. 2015. “Suicidal Ideation in Juvenile Arrestees: Exploring Legal and Temporal Factors”.  Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Sagepub Online, 1-16,

Mike Tapia. 2015 “San Antonio’s Barrio Gangs: Size, Scope, and Other Characteristics”. Deviant Behavior, 36 (9): 691-701.

Mike Tapia, Leanne Alarid, and Donald Hutcherson.  2015. “Youthful Arrest and Parental Support: Gendered Effects In Straining The Parent-Child Relationship” Deviant Behavior.  36 (8): 674-690

Mike Tapia.  2015.  “U.S. Latino Arrest: An Analysis Of Risk By Nativity And Origin”. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences.  37 (1): 37-58.