Roberto Monico
Ph.D. Student
Crime and Justice • Critical Race

Office Location: Ketchum 351

Pronouns: he / him / his



M.A., San Francisco State University - Ethnic Studies, 2018
B.A., University of California, Berkeley - Sociology, minor in Ethnic Studies, 2016

Research Interests

Race, class, gender, crime, and justice, carceral state, drug policy and law enforcement, prison education and re-entry, social justice

My research interest primarily focuses on the criminal justice system. In particular, how it has functioned to subjugate working-class communities of color through anti-drug policies. I am also interested in policing methods used by both federal and local law enforcement agencies within a drug war context. In examining historical anti-drug policies, my goal is to interrogate how the criminal justice system has caused the current crisis of prison overcrowding, specifically endured by communities of color. My aim is to highlight the complicit nature of the criminal justice system in past and current drug war policies that have disproportionately affected poor and working-class people of color.