Nikki Jones

Associate Professor

Nikki Jones is an associate professor in the Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a faculty affiliate with the Center for the Study of Law and Society. Her areas of expertise include urban ethnography, race and ethnic relations and criminology and criminal justice, with a special emphasis on the intersection of race, gender, and justice. Professor Jones has published three books, including the sole-authored Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner City Violence (2010), published in the Rutgers University Press Series in Childhood Studies (betweengoodandghetto.com). Her research appears in peer-reviewed journals in sociology, gender studies, and criminology. Jones' next book, based on several years of field research in a San Francisco neighborhood, examines how African American men with criminal histories change their lives, and their place in the neighborhood once they do. Her current research draws 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. Professor Jones is the past-Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Race, Gender and Class Section (2012-13). She also serves on the editorial boards of the American Sociological Review and Gender & Society. Jones has received awards for her research and publications including the William T. Grant Award for Early Career Scholars (2007-12) and the New Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology's Division on Women and Crime (2010) and Division on People of Color and Crime (2009). Before joining the faculty at Cal Professor Jones was on faculty in the Department of Sociology at UC-Santa Barbara (from 2004-2013). She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology and Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Research: 

Her areas of expertise include urban ethnography, urban sociology, race and ethnic relations and criminology and criminal justice, with a special emphasis on the intersection of race, gender, and justice.

Publications: 

Books

Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner-City Violence (2009), Rutgers
University Press—Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

“‘I Was Aggressive for the Streets, Pretty for the Pictures’: Gender, Difference, and the Inner
City Girl.” Gender & Society. Vol. 23 No. 1, February 2009 89-93

“Working ‘the Code’: Girls, Gender, and Inner City Violence” The Australia and New Zealand
Journal of Criminology, Volume 41 Number 1 2008 pp. 63-83

“‘It’s Not Where You Live, It’s How You Live’: How Young Women Negotiate Conflict and
Violence in the Inner City.” 2004. ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social
Science. September 2004, Volume 595 Eds. Elijah Anderson, et al. Sage Publications.

“A Bad Relationship: Violence in the Lives of Incarcerated Black Women.” 2004. Souls: A
Critical Journal of Black Political and Social Thought. Eds. Manning Marable, et al. Columbia
University Press.

njones@berkeley.edu
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