Lucas   E.  Espinoza

Assistant Professor  

Office: ELABN 332
Phone: (956) 665-8757
Email: lucas.espinoza01@utrgv.edu

Dr. Lucas E. Espinoza

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Culture and Identity, Latin@ Disparities, and Social Justice Rights/Issues
  • Education

    • PhD, Sociology, Texas Woman's University, 2016
    • CERT Graduate Academic Certificate, Mexican American Studies, The University of Texas - Pan American, 2011
    • MS, Sociology, The University of Texas - Pan American, 2011
    • MA, Clinical Psychology, The University of Texas - Pan American, 2009
    • BA, English, The University of Texas - Pan American, 2006
    • BS, Psychology and Sociology, The University of Texas - Pan American, 2005
  • Currently Teaching

    CRIJ 3303 92L - Criminology:
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    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    CRIJ 6308 01 - Criminal Justice Res Met:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    CRIJ 3305 90L - Stat Application in Crim Just:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    CRIJ 3304 90L - Criminal Just Research Methods:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
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Selected Publications


  • Rosalva Resendiz and Lucas Espinoza. "The International Law Enforcement Community: Cooperative Efforts in Combatting Human Trafficking," The SAGE Handbook of Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery no. 2018 (2018).

  • Rosalva Resendiz and Lucas Espinoza. "Mestizo/a Discourse: Soldaderas in the Corridos of the Mexican Revolution of 1910," Texas A&M University-Kingsville and South Texas Historical Association: The Journal of South Texas 30, no. 1 (November 2016): 92-117.

  • Lucas Espinoza and Luis Espinoza. "Hernandez v. Texas: The Fight for Mexican-American Rights," Denton, Texas: Ibid. A Student History Journal, Eta Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honor Society. 9, no. Spring 2016 (May 2016).

  • Ann Wilder, Luis Espinoza, and Lucas Espinoza. "The Relationship Prayer has on Quality of Life in Later Adulthood," Dallas, Texas: The Association for the Scientific Study of Religion, May 2016: 109-119.

  • Susan Cruise, Lucas Espinoza, Luis Espinoza, and Mindy Menn. "A New Frontier: Qualitatively Evaluating a Pilot Program to Support Undergraduate Students Raised in Foster Care," Thousand Oaks, CA: Journal of Emerging Adulthood .

  • Kathleen Anangwe, Luis Espinoza, and Lucas Espinoza. "Great Recession's Impact on Substance Abuse Outpatient Treatment Completion Rates for Minorities," Community Mental Health Journal .



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Lucas Espinoza. Connecting Resources: Building a Women's Resource Center at UTPA. , Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation Grant , $10,000.00 (2009 - 2010)



Selected Presentations


  • Rosalva Resendiz and Lucas Espinoza. "Human Trafficking Class Presentation," CRIJ 6325 Social Justice and Human Rights Class Discussion on Human Trafficking, CRIJ 6325 Social Justice and Human Rights Class Dr. Tom White, Edinurg, Texas (November 2017)

  • Kathleen Anangwe, Luis Espinoza, and Lucas Espinoza. "The Great Recession’s impact on substance abuse outpatient treatment completion rates for minorities," American Sociological Association 112th Annual Meeting, American Sociological Association, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (August 2017)

  • James Williams, Lucas Espinoza, Luis Espinoza , and Daniel Rodeheaver. "Title: County Social Capital and Intimate Partner Homicide in Texas: An Exploratory Study.," Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences 54th Annual Meeting, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Kansas City Missouri (March 2017)

  • Lucas Espinoza. "Focus Group Methodology," PSJA Southwest ECHS Marketing Class Presentation, PSJA Southwest/ STC Dual Credit Marketing Class Mr. Eloy Garza, Pharr, Texas (December 2016)

  • Rosalva Resendiz and Lucas Espinoza. "Mujeres Mexico Americanas y Violencia en el Valle de Texas," Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas, Reynosa-AZTLAN, (November 2016)

  • Luis Espinoza, Lucas Espinoza, and Amanda Hinson- Enslin. "Can You Remind Me?: A Push Notification Tool- Creative Uses of Technology," 11TH Annual Teaching & Learning Symposium, Texas Woman's university Teaching and Learning with Technology, Denton, Texas (August 2016)

  • Ann Wilder, Luis Espinoza, and Lucas Espinoza. "Influence of Prayer on Depression and Quality of Life in Later Adulthood; Respondent Diversity based on Age, Gender, Race, and Socio-economic factors," Southwest Commission on Religious Studies/ASSR Conference , The Association for the Scientific Study of Religion., Dallas, Texas (March 2016)

  • Rosalva Resendiz, Lucas Espinoza, Luis Espinoza, and Daniel Palomares. "Moving beyond the post-colonial? Critical challenges in decolonizing our identity and community," National Association Chicana & Chicano Studies Tejas Foco Conference, National Association Chicana & Chicano Studies, Kingwood, Texas (February 2016)

  • Lucas Espinoza. "On Duty 24/7: Being Brown and Blue," National Association Chicana & Chicano Studies Tejas Foco Conference, National Association Chicana & Chicano Studies, Kingwood, Texas (February 2016)

  • Lucas Espinoza and Luis Espinoza. "Think Outside the Box: Experiencing Innovation through Online Platforms- Teaching with Online Technology," 10TH Annual Teaching & Learning Symposium, Texas Woman's university Teaching and Learning with Technology, Denton, Texas (August 2015)

Current Courses

CRIJ 3303 92L - Criminology:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
CRIJ 6308 01 - Criminal Justice Res Met:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
CRIJ 3305 90L - Stat Application in Crim Just:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
CRIJ 3304 90L - Criminal Just Research Methods:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses