Gabriel Cesar, Ph.D.
Gabriel T. Cesar is an assistant professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Cesar teaches classes on topics including criminological theory, criminal justice, and gangs. His research interests center on social control, violence, and youth development. Community engagement and fieldwork facilitate and inform his approach to research and teaching. Prior to academia, Dr. Cesar worked as a laborer, gigged as an armed security guard, and founded a private legal services company in Detroit. Later he worked as a skip tracer and garnishment specialist in Phoenix. Most recently, he conducted a series of field interviews with young adults in the custody of child protective services (CPS) to examine how placement in, growing up in, and exiting state custody shapes life-course trajectories. Dr. Cesar’s research has appeared in peer reviewed journals Victims and Offenders, The Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, and Field Methods, as well as the edited volumes “The Oxford Handbook of Offender Decision Making,” and “Doing Ethnography: Discovery through Fieldwork.”