Dr. Shirley Leyro is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Borough of Manhattan Community College-CUNY (“BMCC”). She was awarded the 2020 Teaching Award by the American Society of Criminology’s Division of People of Color and Crime – the first time the award was given since 2016. A critical criminologist, Dr. Leyro’s primary research focus is on immigration enforcement and the effects of deportation on non-citizens and their communities. In particular, she studies the impact of fear resulting from the vulnerability to deportation. Her research interests include immigration, deportation, social disorganization, crimmigration, and the impact of all the above on mental health. Professor Leyro is currently working on publishing the results from her (funded) research project exploring the impact of deportability on belonging and membership of CUNY noncitizen students (“CUNY Belonging Study”).