Mario Espinoza

Graduate Student Mentor (2016-2018)


Gender Pronouns: He/His/Him


Home Department: Sociology, Ph.D. Student


Mario Espinoza is a Graduate Student in the Sociology department at UC Santa Barbara. His research focuses on the sociology of health, law, HIV education, social movements, disproportionality of criminal sentencing, and race, class, & gender. Mario is the founder of a program dubbed Know Your Status, in San Luis Obispo, that aims to alleviate stigma from the HIV positive community by hosting professionals to speak on special topics and provide access to FREE on-site HIV testing for college students. Since its inception in 2015, it has been adopted by a local non-profit in San Luis Obispo, CA, Access Support Network, to maintain the event on an annual basis. Mario is currently researching different criminal cases that revolve around the felony charge: Criminal Transmission of HIV, and how cases differ by race and the context of disclosure/non-disclosure.