Department of Sociology

Luis Nuno

Office:   Raubinger 455
Phone:   (973)720-3434
Email:   nunol@wpunj.edu
Office Hours:   Mon & Thurs 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.; and by appointment

Department: Sociology
Position: Assistant Professor

Luis F. Nuño received his BA with High Honors in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. He earned his MA and PhD degrees in Sociology and Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research. He is currently teaching Quantitative Methods, Sociology of Punishment, and Principles of Sociology. Dr. Nuño has experience teaching many different sociology and cultural studies courses at Baruch College of the City University of New York, Manhattan College, and Eugene Lang College of the New School.

Dr. Nuño’s dissertation research dissects the symbolic power of social and state policy in the guise of broken windows policing and the crosscurrent themes that this ideology shares with community-oriented policing. His dissertation, On the Social Anatomy of Broken Windows, examines the claims of COPS (Community-Oriented Police Services) in New York City to understand the rise of a new form of moral authority in the transition from welfare to penal state. His dissertation research combines historical, interview, archival, and ethnographic data to investigate the public cultural narratives surrounding the popularity of community oriented policing services in the era of mass incarceration. Here he analyzes the processes by which the law and order discourse of the late twentieth century, which demonizes black bodies and dark corners of the inner city, transforms into a quality-of-life rhetoric that now penalizes bodies crossing international boundaries in search of labor. Dr. Nuño’s research and scholarship turns on the question of race and extra-legal policing as principles of social vision and division that sustain the process of mass imprisonment in the United States. This research explores two main areas. The first analyzes the properties of symbolic power functioning through the state and the rules of law. The second is an investigation of the city as a laboratory for witnessing the processes of state formation and capitalist development.

His current and ongoing research flows along three main axes: sociology of insecurity and anxiety, Mexican migration to nontraditional destinations, and urban community leisure practices. This research asks three general questions. First, how do Americans address individual and social anxieties and insecurities; that is, how does American society confront the inability of formal agents of social control to police grey areas of law enforcement? Second, what are the experiences of Latino/as migrating to nontraditional areas? In contributing to the re-visions of race in the American collective imagination, this research aims to explain the processes of living below the radar of the state with little else than body and mind, and advance a sociology that takes seriously the idea that we are sensuous creatures. Third, where and how does one find leisure and pleasure in the twenty-first century city? Cities are lived spaces where people create organic communities through their collective pursuit of leisure and pleasure. This research examines the peripheries of the urban core to document the structures of daily living in a diverse and rapidly evolving laboratory.

Originally from Southern California, Professor Nuño still bleeds Dodger blue and is a devoted fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Oakland Raiders. He currently lives in Jersey City, NJ with his wife, daughter, and son.

Research Presentations:

Presented a paper, "Roaming Through Social Order and Disorder in Long Island City," at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco, CA in August 2009.

Presented a paper, "Immigrations and the Rules of Law," at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Social Problems in San Francisco, CA in August 2009.

Pending Publications:

“Broken Windows as Social Lobotomy: An Analysis of Suicides and Drug and Alcohol-Related Deaths in New York City’s Ghettos in Era of ‘Broken Windows” Policing,” submitted for publication at peer-reviewed journal.

“Immigration, Human Rights, and the Rules of Law: Boundary Policing under Neoliberalism,” submitted for publication at peer-reviewed journal

“Urban (dis)Order in Long Island City” in preparation for submission to peer-review journal

“Search for Order in American Punishment & Urban Police” in preparation for ubmission to peer-review journal

“Cultural Narratives on Urban Policing,” in preparation for submission to peer-review journal