Anthony A. Peguero


Anthony A. Peguero

Associate Professor


506 McBryde Hall 
225 Stanger Street 
Blacksburg, VA 24061


(540) 231-2549


Department Membership



  • Criminology
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Systems of Justice
  • Victims, Society, and Justice
  • Schools, Violence, and Justice

Professional Activities

  • Advisor to Cartoon Network's campaign against school bullying and violence
  • Member of the Standing Review Panel on Research and Evalutation on Justice Systems, National Institute of Justice
  • Member of The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Juvenile Justice Strategy Group
  • Division on People of Color and Crime, American Society of Criminology, former Co-Chair


  • Ph.D. University of Miami
  • M.S. Florida International University
  • M.A. Florida International University
  • B.A. Florida International University (English)
  • B.A. Florida International University (Sociology)

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    2013–2014, Fellowship. W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow, National Institute of Justice (NIJ).

    2014 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), Juvenile Justice Section, Tory J. Caeti Outstanding Young Scholar Award. 

    2013 American Society of Criminology (ASC) Division on People of Color and Crime's (DPCC) Coramae Richey Mann Award

    Selected Publications

    Book Chapters

    Bondy, Jennifer M. and Peguero, Anthony A. “Immigration and Education: Complexities and Intersecting Factors with Schooling the Children of Immigrants.” In Claire M. Renzetti and Raquel Kennedy Bergen (Eds). Understanding Diversity: Celebrating Difference, Challenging Inequality. New York: Pearson Education. (2015).

    Peguero, Anthony A. and Kahle, Lindsay L. “Gender, Weight, and the Inequality Associated with School Bullying.” In James Hawdon, John Ryan, and Marc Lucht (Eds). From Bullies to Terrorists: The Causes and Consequences of Group Violence. Rowman & Littlefield. (2014).


    2015 Peguero, Anthony A. and Kelsey Shaffer. “Academic Self-Efficacy and Dropping Out: The Significance of the Roles of Gender, Race, and Ethnicity.” Sociological Spectrum, 35(1): 46-64.

    2014 Popp, Ann Marie, Anthony A. Peguero, Kristin R. Day**, and Lindsay L. Kahle.“Gender, Bullying, Victimization, and Education.” Violence and Victims, 29(5): 843-856.

    2014 Hong, Jun Sung, Anthony A. Peguero, Shinwoo Choi, Deirdre Lanesskog, Dorothy Espelage, and Na Youn Lee. “School Bullying and Peer Victimization of Latino and Asian American Youth: A Social-Ecological Framework.” Journal of School Violence, 13(3): 315–338. 

    2014 Peguero, Anthony A. and Xin Jiang. “Social Control Across Immigrant Generations: Adolescent Violence at School and Examining the Immigrant Paradox.” Journal of Criminal Justice, 42(3): 276–287.

    Supported Research

    2014 Principal Investigator. “School Securitization and Punishing Latina/o American Youth.” Grant-Writing Incentive Grant. Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Outcome: Awarded, $5,000.

    2013 Principal Investigator. “Investigating the Significance of School Environment for Latina/o Youth.” Virginia Tech Institute for Society, Culture and Environment. Outcome: Awarded, $4,000.

    2012 Principal Investigator. “Social Bonds Across Immigration Generations and the Immigrant SchoolEnclave: A Multilevel Longitudinal Study of Student Violence, School Disorder, and Dropping Out.” W.E.B Du Bois Fellowship. National Institute of Justice (2012-IJ-CX-0003). Outcome: Awarded, $99,122.

    Additional Information

    Anthony A. Peguero is an Associate Professor of Sociology and research affiliate of the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention and Director of the Laboratory for the Study of Youth Inequality and Justice at Virginia Tech. His research interests involve youth violence, socialization and marginalization, schools, and the adaptation of the children immigrants. He serves as a consultant on the Cartoon Network’s campaign against bullying, co-editor of Sociology Compass, Crime and Deviance Section, and the editorial board for the journal of Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, and Journal of Criminal Justice. He is also a National Institute Justice W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow, 2015 Virginia Tech Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE) Fellow, 2014 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Tory J. Caeti Outstanding Young Scholar Award Winner, 2013 American Society of Criminology Coramae Richey Mann Award Winner, and member of the Racial Democracy, Crime, and Justice Network which holds the dual goals of advancing research on the intersection of race, crime and justice and of promoting racial democracy within the study of these issues by supporting junior scholars from under-represented groups.