Claire Nolasco  Braaten

Claire Nolasco Braaten

Associate Professor
College Of Arts And Sciences
Department of Social Sciences
Main Campus-CAB Room 349C

210-784-2210   |cnolasco@tamusa.edu

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Dr. Claire Nolasco Braaten obtained her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University, her Masters in International and Economic Business Law from Kyushu University in Japan, and both her  Bachelors Degree in Political Science and her J.D. in Law from the University of the Philippines College of Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Purple Feather, the law school’s honor society. She is authorized to practice law in both the State of California and the Philippines. She interned in the Japanese law firms of Minamitani and Sogo in Fukuoka, Japan and the Ohebashi law office in Osaka, Japan through the Young Leaders Program sponsored by the Japanese government for emerging leaders in the Southeast Asian region. She is currently a member of both the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society. 

She has published in several peer-reviewed criminal justice journals, including Deviant Behavior, Law & Society, Journal of Refugee Studies, Journal of Criminal Justice, Crime Law and Social Change, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, and Security Journal as well as law reviews such as the American Journal of Criminal Law and Criminal Law Bulletin.

Dr. Braaten was involved in several external grant projects, including a process and outcome evaluation of DWI Courts in Harris County pursuant to a grant funded by the Court Management Office of the Harris County Criminal Courts at Law and research on media access to juvenile proceedings and effects on case outcomes funded by the United States Embassy in Montenegro.

Dr. Claire Braaten is currently completing her book manuscript with co-author Dr. Daniel Braaten titled, Children Seeking Asylum: Legal Context and Political Realities of Judicial Decision Making on Asylum Claims of Unaccompanied Minors in the U.S. 

Research Interests: empirical legal research, immigration rights and policies, financial crime, legal issues in policing, legal issues in corrections

Courses Teaching

Subject Number Section Description Term Syllabus
CRIM 5303 600 Law and Policy in CJ Fall 2022

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CRIM 5324 600 Immigration, Crime, & Policy Fall 2022

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