Shirley P Leyro

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Assistant Professor
Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice


Office: N-656

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


A native New Yorker, Shirley Leyro is a critical criminologist who earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the Graduate Center of the City of New York and John Jay College. She holds an M.A. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College with honors in English and a minor in Deviant Behavior and Social Control.
Professor Leyro’s research explores the role that the vulnerability to deportation, and the fear resulting from it, plays in disrupting the process of integration, and the possible implications of this interruption for immigrants and their communities.
Professor Leyro has received numerous awards, including a dissertation fellowship with the Center for Culture, Place and Politics. She has been asked to present her scholarly work at various professional meetings, such as the Workshop on Critical Approaches to Race, Ethnicity, and Migration, at Columbia University, The American Society of Criminology (ASC), The Eastern Sociological Society (ESS), American Criminal Justice Association (ACJS) and the Southwestern Social Science Association (SSSA).
Professor Leyro is co-editor of Outside Justice: Immigration and the Criminalizing Impact of Changing Policy and Practice as well as a contributor to the same volume. She is also a member of the Leadership Team for the Latina Researchers Network. She is the former co-managing fellow for the Center on Race, Crime and Justice at John Jay College.


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

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Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Dissertation Writing Fellow, The Center for Place, Culture and Politics

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