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Rocio A. Paez

Rocio A. Paez

Visiting Assistant Professor

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences

(SOCI)-Sociology and Criminology

Phone: 479-575-3205

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Dr. Rocio Paez is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. Her research and teaching interests include criminological theory, the intersection of race, immigration, and crime, and the role that networks and institutions play in neighborhood crime. In line with her research focus, her dissertation consisted of a macro-level analysis of the influence of military presence on crime rates in American communities. Her work has been published in journals such as the American Journal of Criminal JusticeDeviant Behavior, and Computers in Human Behavior

Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, Paez received her Bachelor of Arts (2012, summa cum laude), Master of Arts (2014), and Doctorate (2017) in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas Little Rock.

Immigration, Ethnicity, Crime and Justice

Community Military Presence and Crime


Juvenile Justice and Delinquency

Criminological Theory

Criminological Theory

Immigration and Crime 

Immigration and Crime 

Introduction to Criminal Justice and Criminology 


Police and Society 

Ph.D., Criminal Justice, University of Arkansas Little Rock (2017)

M.A., Criminal Justice, University of Arkansas Little Rock (2014)

B.A., Criminal Justice, University of Arkansas Little Rock (2012)

Intravia, Jonathan, Kevin T. Wolff, Rocio Paez, and Benjamin R. Gibbs. 2017. “Investigating the Influence of Social Media Consumption and Engagement on Fear of Crime: A Partial Analysis of Mostly Young Adults.”  Computers in Human Behavior, 77, 158-168.

^ Featured in Pacific Standard (2017): “Social Media Use is Linked to a Fear of Crime” by Tom Jacobs.

Intravia, Jonathan, Benjamin R. Gibbs, Kevin T. Wolff, Rocio Paez, Allison Bernheimer, and Alex R. Piquero. 2017. “The Mediating Role of Street Code Attitudes on the Self-Control and Crime Relationship.” Deviant Behavior, 38, 957-974.

Sobba, Kristen, Rocio Paez, and Tusty ten Bensel. 2017. “Perceptions of Cyberbullying: An Assessment of College Students’ Perspectives.” TechTrends. DOI 10.1007/s11528-017-0186-0.

Roles (Paez), Rocio, Stacy Moak, and Tusty ten Bensel. 2016. “Perceptions of Police among Hispanic Immigrants of Mexican Origin in the Southeast United States.” American Journal of Criminal Justice, 41(2), 202-219.

Dierenfeldt, Rick, Timothy Brown, and Rocio Roles (Paez). 2016. “Re-Considering the Structural Covariates of Gun Crime: An Examination of Direct and Moderated Effects.” Deviant Behavior, 38(2), 208-225.