Robert H. Garot
Robert H.
Associate Professor
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520.34 Haaren Hall
2003 PhD
1994 MA
1990 BA
University of California, Los Angeles (Sociology)
University of California, Los Angeles (Sociology)
University of California, Los Angeles (Sociology)

Who You ClaimRobert 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.

JJC Affiliations
Member, Graduate Center Sociology Department
Courses Taught

Crimmigration (Graduate Course)


Drugs and Society

Environmental Sociology

Ethnographic Methods

Food Justice

Gangs and Transnationalism

Introduction to Criminology

Introduction to Sociology

Juvenile Delinquency

Law and Society

Migration and Crime

Research Methods

Senior Seminar

Sociology of Everyday Life

Sociology of Law

Sociology of Mental Illness

Urban Sociology

Youth and Crime

Professional Memberships

American Sociological Association

American Society of Criminology

Law and Society Association

Society for the Study of Social Problems

Society for the Study of Symbolic Interation


English, Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch
Scholarly Work


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


2012                The Global Sociology Blog. Accessed 8/30/15.

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

2018                “‘The Long Line They Must Make in the Night’: Performative Realism in the Italian State’s Relations with Outsiders.” Administory. Journal for the History of Public Administration 3 (2018), 233–244 (DOI : 10.2478 / ADHI - 2018 - 0011).

2018                With Peter Collin and Timon de Groot. “Bureaucracy and Emotions. Perspectives across Disciplines.” Administory. Journal for the History of Public Administration 3 (2018), 5–19 (DOI : 10.2478 / ADHI - 2018 - 0002).

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.

Honors and Awards

Mellon Mid-Career Fellowship, CUNY Graduate Center

Robert E. Park Book Award, Honorable Mention, Community and Urban Section, American Sociology Association.

Calandra Institute of Italian American Studies Semester Fellowship

Dwight Conquergood Award, Performance Studies International, Honorable Mention

LeRoy Neimann Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles.