Faculty

Richard Mora

Associate Professor, Sociology; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a & Latin American Studies

Dr. Mora teaches courses on youth cultures, education, immigration, violence, masculinities, & social inequality

Contact

  • Office: Swan Hall 214
  • Email: rmora@oxy.edu
  • Phone: (323) 259-2871
  • Office Hours: M/W/F 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm and by appointment

Department Chair, Sociology

Education: B.A., Harvard College (Sociology); M.A., University of Michigan (Education); M.A., Harvard University (Sociology); Ph.D., Harvard University (Sociology & Social Policy)

Courses | Publications | Presentations

Dr. Mora, who has taught at Oxy since 2006, received the The Linda and Tod Whilte Teaching Prize in 2014.  His current research projects focus on gender, education, youth cultures, and juvenile justice. He is currently on the Editorial Board of Gender & Society.

Courses

Fall 2015

CSP 2  (Im)migrant Communities of California
Team-Taught: Salvador Fernández, Ph.D. and Richard Mora, Ph.D.
This course offers students the opportunity to analyze the sociohistoric, legal, and cultural tensions surrounding various (im)migrant communities in California. Students will explore the various waves of (im)migration across time to understand the diverse communities of California. Students will also build critical and interpretive capacities through the examination of state policies, statistics, and various historical and empirical studies. Additionally, through the construction and revision of several expository, research-based writings on immigration, students will hone their writing, argumentation, and presentation skills.

Sociology 105 Immigrant Youth and Youth Cultures
Part of the first-year California Immigration Semester (CIS), this course examines the role of youth cultures in the identity formation of immigrant adolescent youth residing in the Southwest region of the United States. Particular attention is paid to: (1) theories of acculturation and assimilation used to analyze the experiences of immigrant youth; (2) the impact of geographical location, social class, gender, race, sexuality, popular culture, mass media, and technology; and (3) the intersection of youth cultures, home cultures, and mainstream society.

Spring 2016

Sociology 225 Masculinities
This course examines the construction and reproduction of masculinities, primarily in the United States. We explore the impact these gendered identities have on individual’s lives and social interactions. Consideration will be given to the intersection of ethnicity, race, class, age, sexual orientation, and gender, and the role of social institutions and inequities in the social construction of masculinities. Prerequisite: Sociology 101 or permission of Instructor.

Publications

Articles (Double-Blind Peer Reviewed)

Christianakis, M. & Mora R. (Forthcoming). (Re)writing identities: Past, Present, and Future Narratives of Young People in Juvenile Detention Facilities. Life Writing.

Mora, R. and Christianakis, M. (2015). Elite Discourse on Unaccompanied Minors and the U.S.-Mexico Border. iMex, 8: 87-99.

Christianakis, M., Fernandez, S., and Mora, R. (2014). Curricular and Pedagogical Intersectionalities. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 19(2): 95-100.

Mora, R. 2013. "Dicks are for chicks": Latino Boys, Masculinity, and the Abjection of Homosexuality. Gender and Education 25(3): 340-356.

Mora, R. & Christianakis, M. 2012. Feeding the School-to-Prison Pipeline: The Convergence of Neoliberalism, Conservatism, and Penal Populism. Journal of Educational Controversy 7(1).

Mora, R. 2012. “Do it for all your pubic hairs!”: Latino Boys, Masculinity, and Puberty. Gender and Society 26(3): 433-460.

-- [Mora, R. (2015). Latino Boys, Masculinity, and Puberty. In C.J. Pascoe & T.Bridge (Eds.), Exploring Masculinities: Identity, Inequality, Continuity, and Change, pp. 235-244. Oxford University Press. Adapted]

-- [Mora, R. (Forthcoming). Latino Boys, Masculinity, and Puberty. In V. Burr (Ed.), Gender & Psychology. Routledge. Reprint]

-- [Mora, R. (Forthcoming). Latino Boys, Pubescence, and Masculinity. In Dorothy Hodgson (Ed.), The Gender, Culture, and Power Reader. Oxford University Press. Adapted]

Mora, R. 2011. “School is so boring”: High-Stakes Testing and Boredom at an Urban Middle School. Perspectives on Urban Education 9(1).

-- [Mora, R. (2013). Standardized Testing and Boredom at an Urban Middle School. In Joe Bower and P.L. Thomas (Eds.), De-testing and De-grading Schools: Authentic Alternatives to Accountability and Standardization, pp. 96-104. Peter Lang Publishing.]

-- [Mora, R. (Forthcoming). B is for Boredom. In Joe Bower and P.L. Thomas (Eds.), De-testing and De-grading Schools: Authentic Alternatives to Accountability and Standardization, 2nd ed. Peter Lang Publishing.]

Mora, R. & Christianakis, M. 2011. Charter Schools, Market Capitalism, and Obama’s Neoliberal Agenda. Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education 4(1): 93-111.

-- [Christianakis,  M. & Mora, R. (2015). Charter Schools & the Privatization of Public Schools. In P.R. Carr & B.J. Porfilio (eds.), The Phenomenon of Obama and the Agenda for Education: Can Hope Audaciously Trump Neoliberalism?, 2nd Ed. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. Revised, Updated, & Reprinted]

-- [Mora, R. & Christianakis, M. (2013). Missing the Mark: Neoliberalism and the Unwarranted Rise of Charter Schools. In J. Gorlewski & B.J. Porfilio (eds.), Left Behind in the Race to the Top: Realities of School Reform. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. Revised, Updated, & Printed].

-- [Christianakis, M. & Mora R. (2011). Charting a New Course for Public Education through Charter Schools: Where is Obama Taking Us? In P.R. Carr & B.J. Porfilio (eds.), The Phenomenon of Obama and the Agenda for Education: Can Hope Audaciously Trump Neoliberalism?, pp. 97-119. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. Revised & Reprinted]

Mora, R. 2011. Abjection and the Cinematic Cholo: The Chicano Gang Stereotype in Sociohistoric Context. THYMOS: Journal of Boyhood Studies 5(2): 124-137.

Book Chapters (Open Peer Reviewed)

Mora, R. & Christianakis, M. 2015. Social Landscapes, Hypermasculinity, and Sexual Violence. In E. Morris & F. Oeur (Eds.), Unmasking Masculinities in the 21st Century. Sage Press.

Mora, R. & Christianakis, M. 2015. Fit to be T(r)ied: Lost Childhood and the Criminal Court. In N.E. Dowd (Ed.), A New Juvenile Justice: Total Reform for a Broken System, pp. 227-238. New York University Press.

Christianakis, M. & Mora, R. 2014. Educating, Not Criminalizing, Youth of Color: Challenging Neoliberal Agendas and Penal Populism. In P.L. Thomas, B. Porfilio, J. Gorlewski, & P.R. Carr, Social Context Reform: A Pedagogy of Equity and Opportunity, pp. 128-147. Routledge. 

Mora, R. & Christianakis, M. 2013. Local Education Foundations and the Private Subsidizing of Public Education. In C. Gorski & J. Landsman (Eds.), The Poverty and Education Reader: A Call for Equity in Many Voices, Chapter 34. Stylus Press.

Mora, R., Christianakis, M., & Fernandez, S. 2013. College Curriculum as Counter Discourse: The California Immigration Semester at Occidental College. In E. Daniels and B. Porfilio (Eds.), Dangerous Counterstories in the Corporate Academy: Narrating for Understanding, Solidarity, Resistance, and Community in the Age of Neoliberalism (Chapter 4). Information Age Publishing

Christianakis, M. & Mora, R. 2012. Urban Latino Parents’ Narratives of Parent Involvement. In B. Gastic and R.R. Verdugo (Eds.), The Education of the Hispanic Population: Selected Essays. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Christianakis, M. & Mora, R. 2012. E pluribus unum: Elementary School Narratives and the Making of National Identity. In H. Hickman and B.J. Porfilio (Eds.), The New Politics of the Textbook: Challenging the Curricular Dominance of Textbooks, pp. 107-126. Sense Publishers.

Mora, R. & Christianakis, M. 2012. “No Free Rides, No Excuses”: Film Stereotypes of Urban Working Class Students. In M.K. Booker (Ed.), Blue Collar Pop Culture in Film, pp. 167-180. Santa Barbara, California: Praeger Press.

Christianakis, M. & Mora, R. 2012. A Critical Analysis of Social Hierarchies in Children’s Television. In M.K. Booker (Ed.), Blue Collar Pop Culture in Television, pp. 210-223. Santa Barbara, California: Praeger Press.

Mora, R. 2011. Life, Death, and Second Mothering: Mexican American Mothers, Gang Violence, and La Virgen de Guadalupe.” In D.S. Silva (Ed.), Chicana/Latina Mothering, pp. 71-86. Demeter Press.

Invited Works (Non-Peer Reviewed)

Mora, R. 2012. The Cinematic Cholo in Havoc. iMex, 2: 66-72.

Mora , R. 2003. Tijuana: Un Refugio de Mundos. (Cityscapes: Latin America and beyond). ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, 2(2): 70-73.

Mora, R. 2002. Living History in Zapopan. (Democracy in Latin America: Looking back, thinking ahead). ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, 2(1): 46.

Zavala, S. and Mora, R. 2001.  I Am: The Voice of Graffiti. (Many Voices, Many Visions). ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, pp. 43-44.   [Republished in The Change Agent (Adult Education for Social Justice: News, Issues & Ideas), Issue 15, p. 8. New England Literacy Resource Center].

Mora, R. 2000. What Should Be on Everyone’s Agenda: Honoring Humanity. (Looking Into the Future, Preserving the Past). ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America , pp. 43-44.

Encyclopedia Entries

Mora, R. 2013. Zoot Suit Riots. In A. Kindell and E. Demers (Eds.), Encyclopedia of American Populism. ABC-CLIO Publishing.

Mora, R. 2012. José Ángel Gutiérrez Martínez. In R.K.Rasmussen (Ed.), Great Lives from History: Latinos, pp. 416-417. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.

Mora, R. 2011. Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation. In L. Finley (Ed.), Encyclopedia of School Crime and Violence, pp. 101-104. ABC-CLIO Publishing.

Mora, R. 2011. Monitor the Future Survey. In L. Finley (Ed.), Encyclopedia of School Crime and Violence, pp. 291-292. ABC-CLIO Publishing.

Mora, R. 2011. Joaquín Murrieta. In K. Arnold (Ed.), Anti-Immigration in the United States: An Encyclopedia, pp. 349-351. ABC-CLIO Publishing.

Mora, R. 2011. Model Minority. In K. Arnold (Ed.), Anti-Immigration in the United States: A Encyclopedia, pp. 344-345. ABC-CLIO Publishing.

Book Reviews

Mora, R. 2010. Review of The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory by Catherine S. Ramírez. Latino Studies, 8: 428-430.

Mora, R. 2010. Review of Erotic Journeys: Mexican Immigrants and their Sex Lives by Gloria González-López. Journal of Men’s Studies 18(1): 111-112.

Mora, R. 2009. Review of Being Normal Is The Only Way To Be by Wayne Martino and Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli. Journal of Men’s Studies 17(3): 259-260.

Mora, R. 2009. Review of Voices of African-American Teen Fathers: “I’m Doing What I Got to Do” by Angelia M. Paschal. Journal of Men’s Studies 17(3): 262-264.

Mora, R. 2009. Review of Dying to be Men: Youth, Masculinity, and Social Exclusion by Gary T. Barker. Journal of Men’s Studies 17(3): 264-266.

Mora, R. 2004. Learning to Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes: Review of The Promotion of Social Awareness: Powerful Lessons from the Partnership of Developmental Theory by Robert L. Selman. ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America 3(2): 57.

Essays, Commentaries, & Opinion-Editorials

Mora, R. 2013. My Tijuana Lost. In S. Cortez and S. Troncoso (Eds.), The Lost Border: How Life and Culture has been Changed by Violence Along U.S.-Mexico Border, pp. 209-218. Arte Público Press.

Rocha, M., Zavala, S., & Mora, R. 2007. Know What I’m Saying?’: Getting to the Root of Interracial Gang Violence.” The Undercurrent: Fresno's Paper for Arts, Entertainment, News & Political Analysis," 2(5): 7.

Mora, Richard. June 16, 2006. ¡Inmigrantes Sí, Boicots No! LA Opinión, Tribuna Pública.

Mora, Richard. April 2, 2006. Al Megamovimiento. LA Opinión, Tribuna Pública.

Mora, R. 2003. When you don’t own Your own home. The Change Agent (Adult Education for Social Justice: News, Issues & Ideas), 17: 19. New England Literacy Resource Center.

Mora, R. 2003. Learning About words at Harvard. The Change Agent (Adult Education for Social Justice: News, Issues & Ideas), 16: 7. New England Literacy Resource Center.

Presentations

Conference Presentations

Mora, R. and Christianakis, M. 2015, April. (Re)Writing Identities: Past, Present, and Future Narratives of Young People in Juvenile Detention Facilities. Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Long Beach, CA.

Mora, R. 2015, January. Breaking Out: Incarcerated & Previously Incarcerated Youth Find Hope. International Conference on the Geographies of Children Youth and Families. San Diego, CA.

Mora, R. 2014, October. (Re)Writing Identities: Past, Present, and Future Narratives of Young People in Juvenile Detention Facilities. Rutgers University. New Brunswick, NJ.

Christianakis, M., Fernández, S. & Mora, R. 2012, October. The California Immigration Semester at Occidental College. American Educational Studies Association, Annual Conference. Seattle, WA.

Christianakis, M. and Mora, R. 2011. (Re)Writing Identities: Past, Present, and Future Narratives of Youth in Juvenile Detention Facilities. Multiple Childhoods / Multidisciplinary Perspectives: Interrogating Normativity in Childhood Studies. Rutgers University, Camden, NJ. May 19 – 21 2011.

Mora, R. and M., Christianakis, M. 2011. Teen Motherhood: Controlling Images, Abjection, & Performativity. Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA. March 2011.

Mora, Richard. 2010. “Do it for all your public hairs!”: Latino Boys, Masculinity, and Puberty. Sociology of Children and Youth. Annual Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Oakland, CA. April 8 – April 11 2010.

Mora, R. 2007. Your Word is Your Currency: Conducting Ethical Ethnographic Research. Annual Pacific Sociological Association Meeting, Oakland, CA. March 29 – April 1 2007.

Mora, R. 2006. Latino Boys, Masculinity, and Puberty. American Men’s Studies Association, XIV. Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, April 7-9, 2006.

Mora, R. 2003. ‘Hey, What’s Going On in There?’: An Ethnography of Classroom Dynamics in an Urban Middle School. Education Across the Americas Conference.  Teachers College, Columbia University. April 10-11, 2003.

Mora, R. 2001. Smile Now, Cry Later: Mothers of Victims of Gang-Related Violence Speak Out. Globalizing the Streets: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Youth, Social Control and Empowerment in the New Millennium Conference. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. May 2-5, 2001.

Invited Lectures & Presentations

Mora, R. 2014, October 23rd. Lecture. Students’ Peer Cultures in Schools. University of San Diego.

Mora, R. 2014, October 15th. Lecture. Dicks are for Chicks’: Latino Boys, Masculinity, and the Abjection of Homosexuality. The City College of New York.

Mora, R. 2013, May. Faculty Keynote Speaker. Latina/o Graduation Ceremony. Occidental College. Los Angeles, CA.

Mora, R. 2013, April. Panel—The Future of the Asian and Latino Communities: Immigration Reform in L.A. and Beyond. Occidental College. Los Angeles, CA.

Mora, R. 2013, March. Panel—How will L.A. Face its Post-Immigrant Future?" Zócalo Public Square. Los Angeles, CA.  

Mora, R. & Fernández, S. 2013, March. California Immigration Semester at Occidental College. Universitat de Barcelona. Barcelona, Spain.

Mora, R. 2013, March. Latino Boys, Masculinity, and the Abjection of Homosexuality. Constructing New Masculinity Research Group. Universitat de Barcelona. Barcelona, Spain.

Mora, R. 2012, April. On Ideas, Life, and Death. Last Lecture Series. Occidental College. Los Angeles, CA.

Christianakis, M. and Mora, R. 2012. Diversity Day: Immigration. Polytechnic High School. Pasadena, CA.

Christianakis, M. and Mora, R. 2012. Children, Development, and the Textual Gun Dilemma. Art Center College of Design. Pasadena, CA.

Mora, R. 2009, May. Invited Lecturer. Teaching Education Program (TEP) Seminar, UCLA. Los Angeles, CA.

Mora, R. 2008, June. Invited Lecturer. Teaching Education Program (TEP) Seminar, UCLA. Los Angeles, CA.

Mora, R. 2008, May. Invited Lecturer. Teaching Education Program (TEP) Seminar, UCLA.

Mora, R. 2008, January. Keynote Speaker. Males to Men (M2M) Graduation Ceremony. Kauffman Scholars, Inc. Kansas City, MI.

Mora, R. 2007, December. Guest Speaker. Males to Men (M2M) Workshop. Kauffman Scholars, Inc. Kansas City, MI.