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  • Nancy Contreras, Bill Anderson Fund Fellow

    Bill Anderson Fund Fellow
    Ph.D. Student, Sociology & Criminal Justice
    University of Delaware
    Newark, DE 19716


    ​Nancy Contreras is a doctoral student at the University of Delaware studying criminology. She earned a master's degree in criminal justice from the University of Colorado Denver, and her master's thesis explored social media use and perceived police-community relations. Nancy is also a Bill Anderson Fund Fellow and serves as a Collaborative Community Initiative Co-Lead. Her research interests explore racialized perceptions of crime, intersections of inequality, and community responses to violence. She has conducted a multi-year mixed-method ethnographic study of culture-specific programming addressing the needs of urban youth of color. Nancy is currently conducting a transnational ethnographic study of asylum-seeking lived experiences at the United States-Mexico border addressing topics, such as social disasters, environmental migration, and community resiliency. She has presented her research at both domestic and international conferences. Nancy's previous practitioner experience includes providing services for women experiencing homelessness, group facilitation in the juvenile justice system, and assisting behavioral health outpatient care.

    Research Interests

    Race/Ethnic Inequality, Immigration, Disasters, Intersectional Criminology, Qualitative Methods 





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