Analicia Mejia Mesinas, Ph.D. (Cand.)

Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice

Phone: (626) 857-2271
Fax: (626) 815-6180
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Analicia Mejia Mesinas, Ph.D. (Cand.), is a social justice scholar with experience in juvenile justice and education. She sees education as an invaluable resource, and faith, equity, and diversity are at the core of her scholarship, teaching, and service. As an educator, she is committed to developing dynamic and engaging learning environments where students can think critically and grow academically and spiritually. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on young people’s experiences with the criminal justice system, and her dissertation research takes a youth-centered approach to understanding the lived experiences of young people, including how young people organize to discuss, take action, and mobilize against criminalization. In addition, she is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Influenced by her own experiences as a first-generation Latina student, Mejia Mesinas is interested in the ways school disciplinary practices can symbolically and overtly treat black and Latina students like criminals. Her work has examined the expansion of zero-tolerance policies, police presence and authority, and use of criminal justice technologies in schools. Youth agency is an essential element of her research—rather than viewing youth as passive targets of the criminal justice system, she focuses on the ways young people work together to challenge school policies and contest delinquent identities.


  • Ph.D. (Cand.), Criminology, University of California, Irvine
  • B.A., Psychology and Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Criminal Justice


  • Juvenile Justice
  • Law and Society
  • Police and Schools
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Social Control
  • Youth Criminalization
  • Youth Mobilization

Courses Taught

  • CJ 110 – Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJ 495 – Special Topics in Criminal Justice: Youth Criminalization

Office Hours

Tuesday 11 a.m-12 p.m., Wednesday 2-4 p.m., Thursday 6-7 p.m.

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