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Associate Professor
University of Massachusetts Lowell
School of Criminology & Justice Studies
113 Wilder Street HSSB 489
Lowell, Massachusetts 01854

Telephone: (978) 934-6844

Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2005


Wilson Palacios Ph.D.



Ph.D.   University of Miami
M.A.    University of Miami
B.A.     University of Miami

About Me

Wilson R Palacios joins UMass Lowell as an associate professor in the School of Criminology & Justice Studies.  Dr. Palacios received his Ph.D. from the University of Miami (Department of Sociology - 1996).   His research focuses on the intersection of social class, race, ethnicity, and gender and its structuring effects on “everyday” decision-making processes and behaviors related to drug use, abuse, and addiction.  Specifically, Dr. Palacios utilizes qualitative research methods to investigate how social-cultural context and social structure shape ‘risk’ & legal environments for people who inject drugs (PWIDs).   

Research Interests

Social organization of “risky” behaviors, Intersectionality framework(s) for understanding substance abuse & crime, & Illegal Drug Markets-related Hidden Economies.


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