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TAMIU Criminal Justice Professor Wins Top Award for Paper Posted: 5/04/17

TAMIU Criminal Justice Professor Wins Top Award for Paper


Fei Luo
Dr. Fei Luo also presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.  

For her research and article on immigrants and victimization, Texas A&M International University  (TAMIU) assistant professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Fei Luo received the Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice Best Paper Award 2017 from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) at their 54th Annual Meeting held recently in Kansas City, Mo.

Dr. Luo’s article, “Immigrants as victims: Examining the function of assimilation,” looks at immigrants and how their differences in cultures and backgrounds and their level of assimilation into new cultures in the host country contributes to their victimization, the process of being victimized.

“There has been limited research on victimization of immigrants, especially on the influence of assimilation. This is the first study to test whether assimilation and immigration status influence the association between self-control and victimization,” said Luo.

In this research, victimization includes both physical victimization and property victimization of immigrants.

The study concluded that assimilation would perhaps decrease the chances of victimization and recommends efforts to help immigrants to assimilate into the host country to reduce chances of victimization.

Her award-winning paper was co-authored with Dr. Leana Allen Bouffard, professor of criminal justice at Sam Houston State University.

In addition to receiving an award at ACJS, Luo gave a presentation on her latest research, “Public attitudes toward the police: The effects of arrests and neighborhood conditions.”

“This research explores how the number of arrests made by police officers surrounding each resident’s house and the neighborhood conditions influence their views of the police. This information can provide important policy implications for law enforcement agencies,” Luo explained.

“It was a great experience to receive this award and present my latest research at ACJS. I am very proud to represent TAMIU at this major conference and I appreciate the University’s support of faculty in attending conferences. I was able to learn and discuss critical issues in the field with fellow researchers and practitioners,” Luo said.

She added that she was able to learn and discuss critical issues in the field with her fellow researchers and practitioners.

“It was very enlightening. I look forward to continuing to share my research and join discussions at major conferences such as ACJS,” Luo said.

Luo received her Master of Laws from Nanjin University of Science and Technology and her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University.

For more information, contact Luo at or 326.2622 or visit offices in Dr. F. M. Canseco Hall 302C.

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