Vera Lopez, Associate Professor
Justice & Social Inquiry, School of Social Transformation
My research focuses primarily on "troubled girls" who engage in sexual risk taking, use drugs, and commit crimes. I use a variety of qualitative and quantitative methodologies as well as a feminist intersectional framework to better understand girls' lived experiences as shaped by their ethnicity, gender, class, age, and country of origin. Recent projects include a study of incarcerated girls' relationships with drug-using parents, a community-based study of Latina girls' relationship power and sexual infidelity, and a study of residential treatment girls and their relationships with absent fathers and violent boyfriends. My current project, on drug-involved girls' family and relationship dynamics, expands upon this previous work.
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