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Queen's University

Christian Rojas Gaspar

B.A. (Northern Arizona University)
B.S. (Northern Arizona University)    
M.A. Candidate


   Office: C505 Mackintosh-Corry
   Tel: (613) 533-6000 x 78541


   Supervisor: Dr. Stephen W. Baron

Research Areas and Interests

Criminology, street youth and crime, qualitative research design and unauthorized migration.


Through a lens of coercion, my current research seeks to better understand: (1) the reasons that lead youth to the street; (2) their day to day behaviours; (3) delinquent activities; and (4) the factors that can be attributed to their permanence.



  • M.A. Sociology, Queen’s University  (2013 Expected).
  • B.A. Sociology (Magna Cum Laude), Northern Arizona University (2011)
  • B.S. Criminology and Criminal Justice (Magna Cum Laude), Northern Arizona University (2011)
  • A.A. Sociology (Magna Cum Laude), Coconimo Community College (2010)
  • A.A. Administration of Justice (Magna Cum Laude), Coconimo Community College (2010)

Academic Positions

    Queen's University


    • Summer 2012                    Instructor, “Intro to Crime and Justice” Queens’ University Enrichment Studies Unit

    Graduate Teaching Assistant



    • Fall 2011 - Winter 2012     SOCY 122 “Introduction to Sociology”
    • Fall 2012                             RELS 331  “Religion and Violence”
    • Fall 2012                             SOCY 275 “Theories of Deviance and Social Control”
    • Winter 2012                        SOCY 276 “Theories of Deviance and Social Control”


    • Rojas Gaspar, C (Forthcoming).“Framing the Strain, Resource Mobilisation, Attrition Through Enforcement, and The ‘Nativist Trio:’ The Goal, Players, and Fallout of Arizona’s Movement Against Irregular Migrants” The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies.
    • Rojas Gaspar, C (2012). Review of Jerry Hollingsworth’s “Children of the Sun: An Ethnographic Study of the Street Children of Latin America.” Graduate Journal of Social Science 9(2)240-243. 

    Conference Proceedings (Non-Refereed)

    • Rojas Gaspar, C (2012). “’Wetbacks,’ ‘Illegals,’ Framing and Stigma: Border Militarization and SB 170.’” Journal of Culture and Religion, Proceedings of the 2012 Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference 85-96.

    Other Published Commentary

    Conference Presentations

    • 2012    Rojas Gaspar, C. “Abuse, Crime, Drug Use, and Violence: The Coerced Identity of Mexican Street Youths.” Paper to be presented at the 3rd Annual Conference on Ethnic Identity Formation and Change in Canada and Abroad.Niagara on the Lake, ON. November 23-24.
    • 2012    Rojas Gaspar, C.“Follow the Money, if you can: A Look at Arizona’s ‘Crusade’ Against Irregular Migrants.” Paper presented at the 10th Annual Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. Montreal, QC. June 14-17, 2012.
    • 2012    Rojas Gaspar, C.(w/ Bankas, G). “Law and National Personality Formation: Inconsistent Immigration Policy.” Paper presented at the 10th Annual Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. Montreal, QC. June 14-17, 2012.
    • 2012    Rojas Gaspar, C. “A Criminal Approach, to go after a ‘Criminal’: Attrition through Enforcement and Immigration Enforcement in the United States.” Paper presented at the Second Annual Critical Perspectives: Criminology and Social Justice Conference at Carleton University. Ottawa, ON.  May 5-6, 2012.
    • 2012   Rojas Gaspar, C. “The ‘Battle’ for Public Space: Mexican Street Sweeps through a Lens of Imperialism.” Paper presented at the Sociology Works in Progress Graduate Symposium at Queen’s University Kingston, ON. April 30.
    • 2012   Rojas Gaspar, C. “From Wetback to Illegal, a Different Term a Different Attitude.” Paper presented at the Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference at Concordia University, Montreal, QC. March 1.
    • 2011   “The Flagstaff Tea Party.” Poster presented at the Pacific Sociological Association meeting, March 10-13 2011, Seattle, WA.

      Honours and Bursaries

      • 2011-2012         Recipient of the “Christopher Knapper Award in Teaching Excellence”
      • 2011-2012         Queen’s Graduate Award             
      • 2012                    Blakely Family Initiatives Fund Recipient
      • 2012                    Conference Travel Award  

      Northern Arizona University

      • 2010                  Phi-Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship

      Conference Awards

      • 2012                  Graduate Scholar Award from the 10th Annual Humanities Conference 

        Professional Development

        • Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning (Level I) - In Progress
        • Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning (Level II) - In Progress

        Service to the University Community

        Queen's University

        • International Affairs Committee Member
        • Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee Member


        • Alpha Phi Delta Criminal Justice Honor Society
        • Canadian Sociological Association
        • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society of the Two-Year College
        • Society for the Study of Social Problems

        Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000