About the Author

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  My work focuses on the experiences of Black men, women and youth with the criminal justice system, policing and with various forms of violence. In addition to my first book, Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner City Violence,  I am the author of The Chosen Ones: Black Men and the Politics of Redemption (forthcoming, UC Press, June 2018). My current research efforts are focused on the systematic analysis of video records that document routine encounters between police and civilians, including young Black men’s frequent encounters with the police in high-surveillance neighborhoods. I am also a faculty affiliate with the Center for Race and Gender; the Department of Women and Gender Studies; and the Center for the Study of Law and Society at UC-Berkeley.

Follow me on Twitter @socprofjones.

Here are links to other books I have published:

Fighting for Girls: New Perspectives on Gender and Violence
Editors: Meda Chesney Lind and Nikki Jones
SUNY Series in Women, Crime, and Criminology

Press Release: Fighting for Girls: New Perspectives on Gender and Violence

Sociologists Backstage: Answers to 10 Questions About What They Do
Editors: Sarah Fenstermaker and Nikki Jones
Routledge Book Series in Sociology–Contemporary Sociological Perspectives


Being Here and Being There: Fieldwork Encounters and Ethnographic Discoveries emerged from a conference I co-organized with Professors Elijah Anderson, Scott Brooks, and Raymond Gunn in 2003. The volume features ethnographic tales from around the world, including some of my early work on African American girls and inner-city violence. The volume also highlights the three fundamental elements of “classic Chicago-style fieldwork”: a focus on discovery, “loyalty to the phenomenon,” and the collection of original data in innovative ways.

Click here to buy Being Here and Being There.

You may also be interested in these articles:

“I was aggressive for the streets, pretty for the pictures”: Gender, Difference, and the Inner-City Girl in Gender & Society Feb. 2009, Vol. 23, No. 1

Working ‘the Code’: On Girls, Gender and Inner-City Violence (2008) in the Australia & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, Special Issue: Current Approaches to Understanding Female Offending.

“It’s Not Where You Live, It’s How You Live”: How Young Women Negotiate Conflict and Violence in the Inner City in Being Here and Being There: Fieldwork Encounters and Ethnographic Discoveries.

A Bad Relationship: Violence in the Lives of Incarcerated Black Women in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, Volume 6, Issue 1, 2004, Pages 16 – 23


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