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School of Public Affairs Welcomes Erica Redner-Vera

Redner-Vera’s research interests include race, ethnicity, crime, and justice, especially issues concerning American Indians.

School of Public Affairs Welcomes Erica Redner-Vera

by Cristian Alvarez

May 22, 2020

The School of Public Affairs has announced that Erica Redner-Vera is set to join San Diego State University this coming fall semester. Redner-Vera will serve as the latest addition to the Criminal Justice department’s faculty.

Prior to coming to SDSU, Dr. Redner-Vera was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Montana and a Faculty Associate in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University.

Dr. Redner-Vera’s research focuses on issues concerning American Indians but also pertains to topics of race, ethnicity, crime and justice. She is a 2015 Graduate Research Fellow of the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Her dissertation worked on examining the treatment of American Indian defendants in United States Federal Courts.

Her research currently is investigating how American Indian defendants, especially American Indian female defendants, are treated across multiple decision points and cumulative disadvantage they endure, whether disparities for this group increased over time, and whether social context affects how American Indians are treated in federal courts. Her work has notably been included in the Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice.

Dr. Redner-Vera received both her M.S. and Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Arizona State University in 2011 and 2019, respectively, while also obtaining her B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2008.

The content within this article has been edited by Lizbeth Persons.

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