Shirley Leyro

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Associate Professor
Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice


Office: N-656

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Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=5127


Born in the Bronx, Shirley Leyro was raised in the Castle Hill Projects. She earned her Ph.D. and is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Borough of Manhattan Community College – CUNY. A critical criminologist, Dr. Leyro’s research focuses on deportation effects – including the impact of fear resulting from the vulnerability to deportation. Her research interests include immigration, deportation, social disorganization, crimmigration, and the impact of all the above on mental health. Dr. Leyro has a background in organizing and activism, focused around immigration and immigrant rights, in particular: issues surrounding immigration enforcement and the criminalization of immigrants. As a result of her research findings, she became a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and collaborated with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to give MHFA certification trainings across the City. Dr. Leyro is widely published, and has spoken about her research at various colleges, universities, and other institutions around the country.


Social Justice Issues, Policy advocacy, Immigrant Health, Deviance, Critical Criminology, Criminology


  • Ph.D. The Graduate Center – CUNY, Criminal Justice,
  • M.A. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice, 2003

Courses Taught

CRJ 102 (Criminology)
CRJ 202 (Corrections)
CRJ 203 (Criminal Law)

Research and Projects

CUNY Belonging Study


Colleen Eren, Ilir Disha & Shirley Leyro (2019, in print). “Family and Friends in Uniform: CJ students’ networks, choice of major and career aspirations.” Dialogues in Social Justice: An Adult Education Journal.

Colleen Eren, Shirley Leyro, & Ilir Disha (2019). “It’s personal: The impact of victimization on motivations and career interests among criminal justice majors at diverse urban colleges.” Journal of Criminal Justice Education.

Shirley Leyro & Daniel Stageman (2018). Crimmigration, deportability and the social exclusion on of noncitizen immigrants. Migration Letters, 15(2), pp. 255-266.



Honors, Awards and Affiliations

2019 – CUNY Faculty Fellow – Sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture, Politics—The Graduate Center (CUNY)

2019 – Faculty Fellowship Publication Program – Sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Recruitment and Diversity (CUNY)

2017 – Certified Instructor – Mental Health First Aid.

2017 – Diploma in International Critical Criminology, Common Study Ptogramme in Critical Criminology. Defense of Dissertation at the Common Sessions at John Jay College, New York, NY. Review Committee: Richard Staring (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Christine Hentschel (University of Hamburg), Olga Petintseva (Ghent University).

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