Ana Lilia Campos Manzo

Ana Lilia Campos Manzo

Associate Professor of Sociology

Joined Connecticut College: 2012

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


Law and society

Crime, drugs and society

Punishment and its consequences

Families and parenthood

Childhood and adolescence

Youth peer culture

Ana Lilia Campos Manzo, Ph.D., formerly Campos-Holland, teaches Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Childhood and Adolescence, Law and Society, Drugs and Society, Punishment and Society and Field Work. Her research areas of expertise are childhood/adolescence and law/crime/punishment.

Within the sociology of childhood and adolescence, she focuses on youth peer culture across institutional contexts, with a special emphasis on the lived experiences of youth of color in the United States of America.

She is currently working on a qualitative project titled “Playground Negotiations.” It takes a youth-centered and participant-driven methodological approach to address what is significantly relevant in youth’s everyday lives. Consequently, the project addresses a variety of topics, including: youth peer culture, friendships, social media, music, video games, racism, sexism, classism, adultism, health, law, and everyday life across schools, community places, homes and public spaces. Ultimately, this project aims to create a platform for youth’s voices to be heard.

In the sociology of law, crime and punishment, Professor Campos Manzo specializes in the study of parenthood practices under correctional supervision. Her current qualitative project explores how fathers practice parenting while laboring in the illicit drug market and under mass correctional supervision. In prospective research, she will explore the study of the social construction of law and the expansion of correctional supervision.

Moreover, Professor Campos Manzo practices a teaching-meets-research pedagogical approach, maintaining an active research agenda that incorporates student researchers from research design to publication.

Some recent publications include:

  • Campos-Holland, A. (2017). Sharpening Theory and Methodology to Explore Racialized Youth Peer Cultures. In Researching Children and Youth: Methodological Issues, Strategies, and Innovations (eds. Castro, I.E., Swauger, M., and Harger, B.), pp. 223-247, Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, Volume 22, Emerald Group Publishing Limited. DOI: 10.1108/S1537-466120180000022011

  • Campos-Holland, A., Dinsmore, B., & Kelekay, J. (2016). Virtual tours: Enhancing qualitative methodology to holistically capture youth peer cultures. In New Media Cultures (ed. Robinson, R., Schulz, J., Cotten, S., Hale, T., Williams, A. & Hightower, J), 11, pp. 225-260, Studies in Media and Communications, Volume 22. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. ISSN: 2050-2060, DOI:10.1108/S2050-206020160000011020 *

  • Campos-Holland, A., Dinsmore, B., Pol, G., & Zevallos, K. (2015). Keep calm: Youth navigating adult authority across networked publics. In Technology and youth: Growing up in a digital world (ed. Blair, S.L. Claster, P.N., Claster, S.M.), 19, pp. 163-211, Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, Volume 19. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. ISBN: 978-1-78560-265-8 / eISBN: 978-1-78560-264-1, DOI: 10.1108/S1537-466120150000019006 *

  • Tapia, M., Hutcherson, D. & Campos-Holland, A. (2011). Latino ethnicity as a risk factor for arrest: U.S. minority and regional effects. In Latinos in the Midwest (ed. Ruben Martinez), pp. 181-205, Latinos in the United States Book Series. Michigan State University Press. ISBN: 9780870139963 / eISBN: 9781609172138

  • Vélez, M.B., Campos-Holland, A. and Arndt, S. (2008). City’s racial composition shapes treatment center characteristics and services. Journal of ethnicity in substance abuse, 7(2), 188-199. DOI:

Some recent presentations include:

  • 2015, Campos-Holland, Ana (panelist), “Navigating IRB Approval for Studies of Vulnerable Populations: The Case of Children and Youth,” Policy and Research Workshop, 8/23/2015, American Sociological Association, Chicago, IL.*

  • 2015, Campos-Holland, Ana, Brooke Dinsmore, and Jasmine Kelekay, “See What I Mean! Youth, Qualitative Methods, Semi-Structured Interviews, and Participant-Driven Virtual Tours,” Methodology Paper Session: Creative Methodological Approaches to Data Collection and Analysis, American Sociological Association, Chicago, IL.*

  • 2014, Campos-Holland, Brooke Dinsmore, & Gina Pol (2014), “Done with This! Youth in Search of Adult-Free Spaces within Social Media,” Annual Meeting of the New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS), New London, CT*

  • 2013, Campos-Holland, Ana, “Fragile Fatherhood: Individuals’ Continuous Struggle to Practice Fatherhood while Drug Dealing,” Annual American Sociological Association (ASA) Conference, New York, NY

  • 2013, Campos-Holland, Ana, “Fatherhood under Corrections: Fatherhood Practices during the Mass Correctional Supervision Era,” in the Social Responses to Crime/Prisons and Jails, Annual American Society of Criminology (ASC) Conference, Atlanta, GA

  • 2013, Campos-Holland, Ana, Veronica Zubillaga, Leslie Martinez, and Jasmine Kelekay, “Cartel Wars: Organized Crime, Drug Trafficking, Turf Wars, and Symbolic Displays of Homicide Victims in Public Spaces in Mexico (2008-2012),” in the Meanings Matter: Interpreting Symbolic Displays and Their Implications, Annual American Society of Criminology Conference, GA*

*Co-presented or co-authored with Connecticut College student researchers.

Institute of Field Research:

Moreover, professor Campos Manzo practices a teaching-meets-research pedagogical approach, maintaining an active research agenda that incorporates student researchers from research design to publication. The objectives are to: enhance the learning process for students through collaborative creativity, produce and manage large datasets, increase the speed of projects’ timelines, and enhance the professional development of faculty and students through empirical presentations and co-authorships. From her perspective, education is freedom; furthermore, empirical literacy is informed freedom and empirical creativity is empowered freedom.


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