Robert H. Garot

Robert H. Garot

Assistant Professor
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2003 PhD

1994 MA

1990 BA
University of California, Los Angeles (Sociology)

University of California, Los Angeles (Sociology)

University of California, Los Angeles (Sociology)


Robert Garot received his Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA in 2003. He is Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. His book, Who You Claim: Performing Gang Identity in School and on the Streets, published by NYU Press in 2010, has been reviewed in Teacher’s College Record and Contemporary Sociology, and it received Honorable Mention for the Robert E. Park Award from the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. In 2007 and 2008, he conducted fieldwork in Tuscany on racialization practices and the experiences of immigrants with the law. He is a facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project in the Garden State Penitentiary, and has served as an advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Urban Institute.



2010                Who You Claim:  Performing Gang Identity in School and on the Streets. New

                        York:  New York University Press.



2011                Andrew V. Papachristos. Contemporary Sociology. September, 2011, pp. 589-591.

2010                Annette Hemmings. Teachers College Record. July 20, 2010 ID Number: 16077.


Peer-Reviewed Articles

2015                “Gang Banging as Edgework.” Dialectical Anthropology March, 2015.

2014                “The Psycho-Affective Echoes of Colonialism in Fieldwork Relations.”

Forum Qualitative Social Research 15(1).

2012                “Gang Banging as Edgework.” Kriminologisches Journal 44(3):167-181.

2010                “The Gang’s School:  Challenges of Reintegrative Social Control.” Pp. 149-176 in Stacy Burns and Mark Peyrot (Eds.), Research in Social Problems and Public Policy, Vol. 17. Bingley, UK:  Emerald Group Publishing.

2009                “Reconsidering Retaliation:  Structural Inhibitions, Emotive Dissonance, and the

Acceptance of Ambivalence Among Inner-City Young Men.” Ethnography 10(1):63-90.

2008                “‘É solo il modo in cui li indossi!’ Identità delle gang e processi di embodiment” 
                        (in Italian) (English title:  “‘It's the Way you Wear Them:’  On Embodying Gang 
                        Identity.”) Mondi Migranti (3):173-190.

2007                “Non-Violence in the Inner-City:  ‘Decent’ and ‘Street’ as Strategic Resources.”

Journal of African American Studies 10(4):94-111.

2007                “‘Where you From!’:  Gang Identity as Performance.” Journal of Contemporary

                        Ethnography 36(1):50-84.

2004                “‘You’re not a Stone’:  Emotional Sensitivity in a Bureaucratic Setting.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 33(6):735-766.

2003                “‘Provocative Looks:  The Enforcement of Dress Codes and the Embodiment of

Dress in an Inner-City Alternative School.” Jack Katz, second author.

Ethnography 4(3):415-448.


Chapters in Edited Volumes

2013                “Immigration Law and Discretion in Contemporary Italy.” Pp. 163-177 David 
                        Brotherton, Daniel Stageman and Shirley Leyro (Eds.) Outside Justice. 
                        New York: Springer
2011                “The Use of Rules in Determining Public Housing Eligibility.” Pp. 157-184 in 
                        Peter Becker (Ed.) Sprachvollzug im Amt Kommunikation und Verwaltung im 
                        Europa.  Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Publishers.
2010                “Ethnomethodology and Membership Categorization Analysis.”  Tim Berard, 
                        second author. Pp. 125-138 in Ruth Wodak, Barbara 
                        Johnstone and Paul Kerswill (Eds.) Sage Handbook of Sociolinguistics. 
                        Thousand Oaks: Sage.

2006                “Inner-City Teens and Face-Work:  Avoiding Violence and Maintaining Honor.”

Pp. 294-317 in Leila Monaghan and Jane Goodman (Eds.) A Cultural Approach

to Interpersonal Communication: Essential Readings. Cambridge:  Blackwell


2005                “Bias Forged Through Suspicion:  The Housing Gatekeeper Reconsidered.” Pp. 77-105 in Stacy Burns (Ed.) Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance, Vol. 6. Greenwich, CT:  JAI Press.








Research interest

Deviance: Gangs, Violence and Nonviolence

Law and Society: Street-Level Bureacracies and Worker Discretion

Sociology of Education: Oppositional Student Cultures and Education Reform

Sociology of Emotions: Emotion Management and the Phenomenology of Emotional


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