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Jose Alfredo Torres Jr.

North Hills, CA
E-mail: Jose.torres.136@my.csun.edu

Education
2015

Summa Cum Laude. B.A. Sociology-Central American Studies. California State


University, Northridge

2015-Present

Ph.D. Criminology, Law and Society. University of California, Irvine

Research Interests:
Immigration and Crime; Street Gangs; Gang Exit Organizations; Race and Ethnicity

Professional Experience
2013-2015

Editor-in-Chief. La Ceiba Undergraduate Journal. Central American Studies


Program. CSU-Northridge

2014-2015

Supplemental Instruction Leader. For Approaches to University Writing 113AB.


Central American Studies Program and Department of English. CSU-Northridge

2015-Present

Director, Crossroads of Life Ministry. Valley Lighthouse Pentecostal Church.

Honors and Awards


2012-2015
2012-2015
2012-2014
2013
2014
2014

2014
2014
2014
2014

Deans List, College of Humanities, CSUN


Deans List, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, CSUN
James R. Simpson Merit Scholarship. Matador Scholarship Program, CSUN
Sociology Department Award. Lori Anderson Memorial Award
Sociology Department Award. Kian Kwan Award for Outstanding Academic
Excellence
Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship, California Pre-Doctoral Program:
Scholarship is intended for students pursing a career in teaching at the
university level and provides summer research opportunities and funding to
travel to doctoral granting institutions.
Ebell Scholarship, The Ebell of Los Angeles: Scholarship is intended for
underrepresented students earning a college degree.
Paul Schrogin Memorial Scholarship. Matador Scholarship Program, CSUN
Associated Students Conference Travel Scholarship, Cal State NorthridgeAmerican Society of Criminology Annual Conference
Student Conference Travel Award. Department of Undergraduate Studies- Cal
State Northridge. American Society of Criminology Annual Conference.

2015

2015
2015
2015
2015
2015

Second Place Award- Oral Presentation Session 1: College of Social and


Behavioral Sciences. Presentation titled, The Normalization of Violence in the
Salvadoran Gang Industry. 19th Annual Student Research and Creative Works
Symposium. California State University, Northridge.
June Morrison Scholarship Travel Award. 2015 Western Society of Criminology
Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
Certificate of Academic Excellence. Sociology Department Award.
Top Graduating Senior Award. Sociology Department Award.
Outstanding Academic Achievement. Central American Studies Program.
California State University, Northridge.
Outstanding Service to Central American Studies. Central American Studies
Program. California State University, Northridge.

Conference Presentations
2014

Masculinity in Salvadoran Gangs: The Normalization of Violence. Youth


Gangs: Understanding Masculinities and Effectiveness of Interventions
Roundtable. American Society of Criminology Conference: San Francisco, CA.

2015

The Normalization of Violence in the Salvadoran Gang Industry. 19th Annual


Student Research and Creative Works Symposium: California State University,
Northridge.

2015

The Criminalization of Salvadoran Child Migrants on the Move. Race,


Ethnicity and Criminal Justice Processes Panel. Western Society of Criminology
Conference: Phoenix, AZ.

2015

Studying Crime in the 21st Century: The Latino Perspective. 17th Annual Raza
Youth Conference: California State University, Northridge.

2015

Studying Crime in the 21st Century: The Latino Perspective. Ph.D. Presenter:
The 5th Annual Adelante Hombre Youth Latino Summit, Panorama High School,
CA.

2015

Los Heroes Tienen Sueno: Violence, Subjectivity, and The Body. 2015
Central American Studies Student Symposium. Cal State Northridge.

2015

The Forced Migration of Salvadoran Youth to the United States. Roundtable.


American Society of Criminology Conference: Washington D.C.

Publications
Torres, Jose Alfredo. (2015). Masculinity in Salvadoran Gangs: The
Normalization of Violence. La Ceiba Undergraduate Journal 2nd Edition.
Northridge, CA. http://laceibajournal.com/2015/04/15/masculinity-insalvadoran-gangs-the-normalization-of-violence/

Professional and Community Involvement


2012
2013
2013-2015
2014
2014
2015

New Student Orientation Leader. California State University, Northridge


Teaching Assistant of U.S. Citizenship Classes at the Central American
Resource Center in Los Angeles (CARECEN)
University Ambassadors, Cal State Northridge
Leadership Empowerment and Academic Development Mentor at the Youth
Leadership Institute. Loyola Marymount University, CA. Hispanic Scholarship
Fund
Domestic Abuse Self-Help Clinic. Van Nuys Court, CA. Neighborhood Legal
Services of Los Angeles
Competitive Edge Summer Research Experience. Criminology, Law and
Society Program. University of California, Irvine.

Invited Conference Participation


2013
2014
2014
2014
2014
2015
2015

Advancement to Graduate Education, California State University-Northridge


California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education. California State
Polytechnic University, Pomona
4th Annual Adelante Hombre Youth Latino Summit, Panorama High School, CA.
Advancement to Graduate Education: California State University-Northridge
California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education. University of California,
San Diego
17th Annual Raza Youth Conference: California State University, Northridge.
The 5th Annual Adelante Hombre Youth Latino Summit, Panorama High School,
CA.

Professional Membership
American Society of Criminology
American Society of Criminologys Division on Women and Crime
American Society of Criminologys Division on People of Color and Crime
Western Society of Criminology
Alpha Kappa Delta Honors Society
National Society of Collegiate Scholars