Marisela Velazquez

Title: Lecturer
(310) 243-3431

Contact Preference: Email

Areas of Expertise

Qualitative Research Methods, Structural Bias, Institutional and Systemic Racism, Race/Class/Gender Intersectionality, Feminisms and Gender Studies, Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use

Professional Background

Dr. Velazquez is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in criminology. Her research interests include intersections of race, class, gender, structural bias, systemic racism, and qualitative research methods. Dr. Velazquez is particularly interested in the ways in which structures in institutions impact people. As a qualitative researcher, Dr. Velazquez interprets and draws meaning from data by bringing a critical and intersectional lens through qualitative analysis approaches. Informed by intersectional feminism, her forthcoming qualitative work examines judicial attitudes and how court processes perpetuate overlapping disadvantages for marginalized groups in Australian supreme and district courts.

Her work has been published in journals such as Race and Justice, Política criminal, and The National Legal Eagle. Dr. Velazquez also serves as co-Chair for the Diversity & Inclusion Committee for the Division of Feminist Criminology (DFC) at the American Society of Criminology (ASC). She is a 2023 recipient of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference Bursary for ‘Sociology in Action’.


English, Spanish


Ph.D., Sociology, James Cook University, Australia

M.S., Criminology, Bond University, Australia

B.A., Social Science, University of Alaska Southeast, Alaska

International Experience

United Kingdom (Ipsos; MoJ), Australia (Supreme and District Courts; Market Research Consulting)