Roberto Mónico

Assistant Professor


Roberto Mónico earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder with an emphasis in Critical Race Theory and Carceral Studies. His research interest focuses on anti-drug policies, the history of law enforcement, and mass incarceration. Professor Mónico has worked with Underground Scholars Initiative, California Prison Focus, Prison Activist Resource Center, and Project Rebound. He believes in amplifying the voices of communities who have endured hyper-policing and incarceration because their experiences are critical to empowering themselves and their communities.

Professor Mónico has taught Introduction to Ethnic Studies, Multiethnic Resistance, and Theory and Methods. He is the advisor to the Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies club. Professor Mónico is working on turning his dissertation into a book that examines the precarious relationship between African Americans and people of Mexican descent and the Los Angeles Police Department under the leadership of William H. Parker.


"Los Angeles and William H. Parker: Race, Vice, and Police during the Red Scare." PhD diss.,
University of Colorado at Boulder, 2022]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.

“LAPD Chief William Parker and Donald Trump: Reflections on Right-Wing Leadership in the
United States” in Violence, Migration, and Detention during Trump’s Reign of Terror and Beyond
ed. Arturo Aldama and Jessica Ordaz (Arizona: University of Arizona Press, 2022)

Mónico, Roberto. 2022. "Snapshots of Resistance and Solidarity in the East Bay." Humboldt Journal of Social Relations 1 (44): DOI:
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