Nicolas Gutierrez III is a Ph.D. student in the Sociology Department at the University of Southern California (USC). He is also a USC Provost’s Fellow and W.E.B. DuBois & Ida B. Wells-Barnett Graduate Scholar. 

Nicolas’ research focuses on the criminalization of homelessness, frontline policy implementation, and mutual aid. His work has been published in the International Journal on Homelessness, Public Integrity, and Scholars Strategy Network. His research has also been featured in the Voice of San Diego, CBS 8, NBC 7, inewsource, and Televisa Californias.

Nicolas received his M.S. in Criminal Justice & Criminology from San Diego State University and B.A. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine. He has previously been named a CSU Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar, UCLA Summer Research Fellow, Public Administration Theory Network Fellow, and the 2021-22 Most Outstanding Master’s Student by the SDSU Criminal Justice & Criminology faculty.


  • M.S. San Diego State University
  • B.A. University of California, Irvine
  • Research Keywords

    Urban Sociology; Criminology; Social Movements; Homelessness; Criminalization & Policing; Qualitative Methods

  • Journal Article

    • Welsh Carroll, M., Flanigan, S. T., Gutierrez III, N. (2022). Black Lives Experiencing Homelessness Matter: A Critical Conceptual Framework for Understanding How Policing Drives System Avoidance among Vulnerable Populations. Public Integrity. Vol. 25 (3), pp. 285-300.
    • Adams, B., Welsh Carroll, M., Gutierrez III, N. (2023). Community Acceptance of, and Opposition to, Homeless-Serving Facilities. International Journal on Homelessness. Vol. 3 (2), pp. 1-28.

    Research Report

    • Adams, B., Welsh Carroll, M., Gutierrez III, N. (2021). Community Acceptance and Opposition to Homeless-Serving Facilities. Social and Economic Vulnerabilities Initiative.


    • Gutierrez III, N., Adams, B., Welsh Carroll, M. (2022). Understanding Community Acceptance of and Opposition to Homeless-Serving Facilities. Scholars Strategy Network.
    • CSU Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship,
  • Committees

    • Co-Chair, Race and Gender Committee, USC Sociology Graduate Student Association, 2023-2024
  • Professional Memberships

    • American Sociological Association, 2022 –
    • Scholars Strategy Network, 2022 –
    • American Society of Criminology, 2021 –
    • Latina/o/x Criminology, 2021 –
    • Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2020 –