I am currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sociology in the criminology concentration at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. I defended my dissertation in Sociology at Duke University in May 2018. My research interests are in the areas of race and ethnicity, immigration, and crimmigration (criminalization of immigration policy and procedure). My dissertation highlights how federal immigration enforcement programs are implemented through local law enforcement in the new immigrant destination of North Carolina. I am originally from Western, North Carolina and completed my undergraduate and Master’s Degree in Sociology at Duke University. I consider myself a public-sociologist and hope that my scholarship and community work will contribute to more fruitful discussions around crimmigration policies.  I’m especially interested in how these policies and procedures relate to issues of criminal justice accountability, transparency and reform.



You can find more about my work with The Latino Migration Project, about my work/thoughts on diversity in higher education, and about my family through the links included.

Email: arriagafa@appstate.edu