Center for Family and Demographic Research
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Professor Chavez’ research focuses on life course perspectives on child maltreatment and adult outcomes, race/ethnicity differences in the comorbidity of mental health problems and violent behavior, and understanding change and development in violence within community and neighborhood contexts. Presently, he is investigating spatio-temporal trends in lethal violence across neighborhoods in the city of Chicago. This work has pioneered the application of a semi-parametric, group-based trajectory methodology and exploratory spatial data analysis to examine community level violence trajectories and their spatial organization. In addition his most recent project examines offender attributions regarding deviant behavior, individual processes of social learning, and community/neighborhood factors that may contribute to intimate partner violence.
Chavez, J. M., Englebrecht, C. M., Lopez, A.*, Viramontez Anguiano, R. P., Reyes, J. R. (Forthcoming). "Collateral Consequences: The Impact of Local Immigration Policies on Latino Immigrant Families in North Central Indiana." In Outside Justice: The Criminalization of Immigrants in Policy and Practice, (Eds.) David Brotherton, Daniel Stageman and Shirley Leyro, Springer Press. (Refereed)
Chavez, J. M., Lopez, A.*, Englebrecht, C. M., & Viramontez Anguiano, R. P. (Forthcoming). "Sufren los Niños: Exploring the Impact of Unauthorized Immigration Status on Children’s Well-being." Family Court Review.
Roettger, M.E., Swisher, R., Kuhl, D., & Chavez, J.M. (2011). Paternal incarceration and trajectories of marijuana and other illegal drug use from adolescence into young adulthood: Evidence from longitudinal panels of males and females in the United States. Addiction, 106, 121-132.
Chavez, J.M., & Provine, D.M. (2009). Race and the response of state legislatures to unauthorized immigrants. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 623, 78-92.
Wareham, J., Boots, D.P., & Chavez, J.M. (2009). A test of social learning and intergenerational transmission among batterers. Journal of Criminal Justice, 37, 163-173.
Chavez, J.M., & Griffiths, E. (2009). Neighborhood dynamics of urban violence: Understanding the immigration connection. Homicide Studies, 13, 261-273.
Boots, D.P., Wareham, J., & Chavez, J.M. (2009). Social learning theory and intimate violence among men participating in a family violence intervention program. Journal of Crime and Justice, 32, 93-124.