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Faculty: Esperanza Camargo


 Esperanza Camargo

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

M.A. (Economics) Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, M.S. (Urban Studies), Ph.D. (Criminal Justice) University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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Phone: 361-570-4219

Victoria: UHV, West, Room 258


Since the beginning of her career in the 1990s Dr. Camargo has been committed to humanitarian issues that are universal in scope: human rights, urban violence, family violence, juvenile gangs, and poverty. She was involved in public policy in Bogotá-Colombia regarding homicide prevention and the analysis and recommendation of beneficiaries of municipal subsidies. From 1998 to 2001 she worked in the Department of Welfare and Social Services in Bogotá. Her principal responsibility in that position was the identification and development of responses to the poorest socio-economic areas in the city.

Research Interests:

Family violence; race/ethnicity, class, gender and crime; crime and urban neighborhoods; gender and crime; masculinity; drugs and the international law, and human rights and the international law.

Selected Publications:

  • Gouveia, L. Powell and E. Camargo. (2005). Educational Achievement and the successful integration of Latinos in Nebraska: A statistical profile to inform policies and programs. OLLAS Special Report No. 1. Report prepared for the Mexican American Comisión. Omaha: NE: Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
  • Camacho, Alvaro and Esperanza Camargo. (1998). Citizens’ safety: An approximation to Bogotá’s situation (“La seguridad ciudadana: una aproximación a la situación de Bogotá), In Campos Y., & Ortiz, I. La Ciudad Observada, Violencia, Cultura y Política, Santa Fe de Bogota: Tercer Mundo Editores.
  • Camacho, Alvaro and Esperanza Camargo. (1997). Public Safety in Bogotá, Colombia (“La seguridad ciudadana en Bogotá”). Revista Coyuntura Social, Vol. 8.
  • Camargo, Esperanza. Violence in numbers (“La violencia en cifras”). (1996). Revista Foro económico, Regional y Urbano, Contraloría de Santa Fe de Bogotá, Vol. 5.

Selected Presentations:

  • Camargo, Esperanza. Family violence in Colombia. Paper presented at the ASC Annual meeting. November 2009.
  • Camargo, Esperanza. Perceptions of family violence. Paper presented at the ASC Annual Meeting. November 2008.
  • Camargo, Esperanza. (February, 2008). Participation in the colloquium “Characteristics of the family violence in Veracruz, Boca del Rio.” Universidad Veracruzana, Institute of Forensic Medicine, Veracruz, Mexico.
  • Camargo, Esperanza (February, 2008). “Gender and the social construction of family violence under a multicultural perspective: the United States, Mexico, and Colombia.” Presentation in the Universidad Veracruzana, Institute of Forensic Medicine, Veracruz, Mexico.
  • Camargo, Esperanza. (March 2006). Homicide rates in Colombia. Paper presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Dissertation project:
“Family violence under a multicultural perspective in Colombia.”
This study enhances the extent to which the U.S.’ conceptions of family violence extend to an international setting. It analyzes factors at individual, family, micro, and macro levels to assess competing theoretically driven hypotheses with regard to family violence among several Colombian sub-populations: poor, rich, urban, rural, white, and black.