Theodore Curry

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Theodore Curry

Associate Professor, Criminal Justice

Dr. Curry's research focuses on the connection between immigration and crime. Research shows that immigrant neighborhoods are low crime neighborhoods, which is surprising given high levels of poverty, low levels of education, limited job skills, poor language and literacy skills, discrimination and other types of disadvantage, which are usually risk factors for high crime. The main conclusion to be drawn from this growing body of research is that immigration is protective regarding crime. However, new data are needed to understand why, and to assess whether other crimes, such as domestic violence, are also low. Together with his colleagues Maria Cristina Morales and Harmon Hosch, Dr. Curry received support from the National Science Foundation to collect data in El Paso to assess the generality of the relationship between neighborhood immigration and crime and to test a number of prominent theories as to why crime might be low in immigrant neighborhoods.


  1. Criminology
  2. Deviance theory
  3. Gender
  4. Immigration
  5. Sentencing
  6. Social control theory


  1. Cross-cutting: U.S. –Mexico and Latin America: Social and Behavioral Issues