The School of Social Ecology has hired Nancy Rodriguez as a professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. In 2014, Rodriguez was appointed by Barack Obama as the director of the National Institute of Justice, which is the scientific research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice.
From 1998 to 2015, Rodriguez was a professor in Arizona State University's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She also served as the associate dean for student engagement in the College of Public Programs at ASU from 2012 to 2014.
Her research interests include inequality and the collateral consequences of mass incarceration, and she has collaborated with law enforcement, courts and correctional agencies. She has written two books: Images of Color, Images of Crime (2005, Oxford University Press) and Immigration Enforcement, Youth and Families: Policy in the Absence of Comprehensive Immigration Reform (2015, University of California Press).