Anthony Peguero

Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology, Virginia Tech

Areas of Expertise

  • Youth violence
  • Socialization and marginalization
  • Schools
  • Adaptation of children immigrants.

Key Findings

  • Gender, race, ethnicity, and generation play an important role in an immigrant student’s connection to his or her school. MORE
  • African and Latina American girls have an increased commitment and attachment to school compared to White American girls. MORE
  • In 2002, 13% of students dropped out of public school in the United States. MORE
  • Nationally, school administrators rated their schools an average of 12.84 out of 19 on the social disorder scale. MORE
  • Adolescents who were victims of bullying were more likely to be associated with delinquent behaviors later in life. MORE
  • Aggression was a significant mediating factor for adolescents that were victims of bullying and delinquency. MORE


Anthony Peguero, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Virginia Tech, is an expert in youth violence, socialization and marginalization, schools, and the adaptation of children immigrants.

Peguero serves as the Director of the Laboratory for the Study of Youth Inequality and Justice (YIJ) and as a research affiliate of the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention (CPSVP) at Virginia Tech. He consulted with the Cartoon Network’s campaign against bullying and is a member of several editorial boards, including the Sociology of Race and EthnicitySociology of Education and the American Journal of Criminal Justice. He has also served on review panels for the National Institute of Justice, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

He has published more than 70 articles in journals such as the Journal of Research on AdolescenceCrime and Delinquency and Youth & Society, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.

Peguero received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Miami as well as his M.S. in Criminal Justice, M.A. in Comparative Sociology, B.A. in English and Sociology from Florida International University.