About the Author

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. I earned my Ph.D. in Sociology and Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 and was on faculty in the Department of Sociology at UC-Santa Barbara for nine years before joining the department at Cal. I teach, research and write on the intersections of race, gender, and justice. My first book, Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner City Violence, is published in the Rutgers University Press Series in Childhood Studies. My next book, Black Men Making Good in the New Inner City (a working title), is based on several years of field research in a San Francisco neighborhood. The book examines how African American men with criminal histories (adults and adolescents) change their lives, and their place in the neighborhood once they do. My current research draws on the systematic analysis of video records that document routine encounters between police and civilians, with a special interest in how race shapes the outcomes of these encounters.

Honors and Awards:

My field research in San Francisco was supported, in part, by a William T. Grant Award for Early Career Scholars (2007-2012). In 2010 I received the New Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Women and Crime. I received the New Scholar Award from the ASC’s Division on People of Color and Crime in 2009.

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

Here are some of my other publications:

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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