Biography: Jessica is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside (PhD expected by June 2020). Jessica is a California State University Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program scholar and received the 2018 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in the Department of Sociology at UCR. Additionally, she serves as the Graduate Student Association Diversity and Inclusion Academic Liaison; in that position she helps to create an inclusive and welcoming campus for the diverse student body at UCR. Her teaching and research interests include criminology, carceral/sociolegal studies, families, race, class, gender inequality, intersectionality, and qualitative and feminist methodologies. Her dissertation focuses on how incarceration impacts women of color and their families, how women maintain familial and romantic bonds with those inside and outside carceral walls, and how they resist the carceral state through advocacy, collective action, and mutual support. Her research has been published in SAGE Research Methods Cases.
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