Dr. Herbert Rodrigues


Sociology and Anthropology

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Sociology and Anthropology
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Dr. Herbert Rodrigues is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. That he would become a university professor was not at all obvious from his background. Born into a working-class family during the economic and political turmoil of Brazil’s military dictatorship, Dr. Rodrigues was the first in his family to finish high school, the first to go to college, and the only one to receive a PhD. From his background, Dr. Rodrigues believes that education plays a central role in addressing social inequalities through opening the door to new opportunities.

Dr. Rodrigues' role as professor extends beyond teaching to also encompass mentoring. While education gave him the opportunity to act on his determination to create a different future for his family and himself, it was only through the support of mentors that Dr. Rodrigues came to see the University of São Paulo, Brazilian top university, as an option for himself. Dr. Rodrigues also has a strong commitment to public sociology, regularly giving interviews in the popular press.



  • PhD, Sociology, 2014, University of São Paulo – Brazil
  • MA, Social Anthropology, 2006, University of São Paulo – Brazil
  • BA, Social Sciences, 2003, University of São Paulo – Brazil


  • SOC 150 Introduction to Society
  • SOC 152 Social Problems
  • SOC 310 Social Deviance
  • SOC 332 Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC 350 Violence and Society in Latin America

Professional experience

Selected publications

Professional affiliations

  • American Sociological Association (ASA)
  • Midwest Sociological Society (MSS)
  • Center for the Study of Violence (NEV)
  • The U.S. Network for Democracy in Brazil

Research and professional interests

  • Social deviance and violence
  • Youth and adolescence
  • Legal socialization and legitimacy
  • Sociology of the global south

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