Dr. Zavala returns to his alma mater as an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at The University of Texas at El Paso. A native of El Paso and graduate of Irvin High School, Dr. Zavala holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology (with a concentration in criminology) from Kansas State University. His area of research and teaching interests include intimate partner violence, testing criminological theories, homicide, gangs, and criminal behavior by police officers. Currently, Dr. Zavala is collecting data on job-related stress on police officers from law enforcement agencies in Texas and Kansas. His publications appear in the Journal of Family Violence, Sociological Spectrum, American Journal of Criminal Justice, Violence & Victims, and Crime & Delinquency. Prior to his current position, Dr. Zavala spent two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at UTEP.