Ana Campos-Holland

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Joined Connecticut College: 2012

On sabbatical academic year 2015-2016

B.A., University of California-Santa Barbara
M.A., Ph.D., the University of Iowa


Law and society

Deviance, crime, drugs and society

Punishment and its consequences

Families and parenthood

Childhood and adolescence

Ana Campos-Holland teaches Introduction to Sociology, Deviant Behavior and Social Control, Drugs and Society, and Field Work, and is developing courses on Childhood and Adolescence and an advanced seminar on Law, Crime, and Punishment. Her students become actively involved in research methodology and motivated students participate in her research projects.

Dr. Campos-Holland is editing a manuscript titled “Fragile Fatherhood.” This research project features the lives of 45 fathers (and 12 mothers for comparison) who struggle to practice parenthood while balancing the demands of family life, the criminal lifestyle and the criminal justice system.

Currently, her students are playing active roles in an emerging research project titled “Cartel Wars.” The purpose of this project is to analyze the conflict between drug-related criminal organizations in Mexico from 2008-2012, such as the display of homicide victims in public spaces and the music emerging from these cartel conflicts. In a different project titled “Playground Negotiations,” students are actively involved in interviewing children in attempts to understand the use of mean behavior within a peer social context. Sociology students interested in research should directly contact Dr. Campos-Holland (

Some recent publications include:

  • 2011 Michael Tapia, Donald T. Hutcherson, and Ana Campos-Holland, “U.S. Minorities and Arrest Risk: Race, Ethnic, and Regional Effects” (book chapter), ed. Ruben Martinez, Latinos in the Midwest, Julian Samora Research Institute
  • 2008 Vélez, María B., Ana Campos-Holland, and Stephan Arndt, “City’s Racial Composition Shapes Treatment Center Characteristics and Services,” Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, Vol. 7(2)

Some recent presentations include:

  • 2010 Campos-Holland, Ana, “Research, Teaching, and Public Engagement—Parents’ Correctional Experiences and their Children’s Childhood,” Public Poster Session, University-Community Partnerships: The Next Generation, Graduate Institute on Public Engagement and the Academy, sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the Graduate College, and City of Iowa City, University of Iowa, IA

  • 2009 Campos-Holland, Ana, “Youth's Substance/Drug Use, Race/Ethnicity, Immigration, and Social Theory,” presented at the ASA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Research Session, Race and Ethnicity, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, CA

  • 2006 Campos-Holland, Ana, “ ‘Mom, that Ain’t Even My Fault!’ Contextualizing Children’s Experiences with Parental Drug Use, Employment in the Illicit Drug Market, Violence, and Imprisonment,” presented in a panel at Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, CA

  • 2006 Campos-Holland, Ana, “She Thinks She’s ALL That! Girls, Friendships, Aggression, Social Power, and the Mean Cycle,” accepted for a panel presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Canada

  • 2006 Campos-Holland, Ana, “The Children's Perspective: Drug Use, Drug Dealing, Violence, and Imprisonment,” presented at the Institute for Inequality Studies Symposium, University of Iowa, IA

  • 2006 Campos-Holland, Ana, “Girls, Peers, and Aggression,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society, NE 

Ana Campos-Holland Curriculum Vitae (pdf). 

Visit the sociology department website.

Majoring in Sociology.


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Connecticut College
Box #5367
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


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