David Chávez is a Ph.D. candidate with a B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (2008). He is interested in tracing the genealogies of youth policing and youth criminalization in greater Los Angeles in relation to youth of color and the creation of "criminal gangs" from 1945-1987. His work examines the discursive history of L.A.'s "war on youth" via policing youth of color and its entanglements with the larger state project of racialized mass caging and police militarization. His goal is to expand the historical understandings of youth criminalization as a significant pillar of the expansion of the Carceral State.
Dr. Catherine Gudis - Co-Chair
Dr. Dyan Rodríguez - Co-Chair
Dr. Jennifer Hughes - Committee Member