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Dr. Karina Rodriguez

Dr. Karina Rodriguez

Dr. Karina Rodriguez

LecturerCriminal Justice


Dr. Rodriguez is a Lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice & Social Work. She earned her Ph.D. in Juvenile Justice from Prairie View A&M University. Dr. Rodriguez has two decades of experience as a practitioner in the field of criminal justice and juvenile justice. Prior to her academic career, she worked in the juvenile probation department where she supervised delinquent youth in diverse units such as the court unit, pre-adjudication unit, and the gang unit where she had the opportunity to interact with some of the most dangerous gangs and gang members in Houston. Dr. Rodriguez primary research interest are juveniles gangs, females in gang, and juvenile delinquency. Her teaching interest include juvenile delinquency, juvenile gangs, and criminological theories of crime.

Degrees Earned

Prairie View A&M University Ph.D. Juvenile Justice
University of Houston- Downtown M.S. Criminal Justice

University of Houston- Downtown B.S. Criminal Justice

Courses Taught

Juvenile Justice System
Child Abuse and Neglect
Crime and Delinquency
Senior Seminar

Experience Qualifications


- Publications: Rodriguez, K. & Buenaño, L. E. (2022). Gang Membership: Gender Differences in Risk-Taking Behavior on Family Structure: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Gang Research, Vol. 30, No. 1

- Rodriguez, K., Yang, F. & Barrios, L. An Exploratory Study: Gender Differences in Parent-Child Bonds. (Forthcoming).