Jessica T. Simes is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University.

Her scholarship broadly examines the consequences of mass incarceration for communities and neighborhoods in the United States. Her research to date has focused on racial inequality and health disparities in criminalizing and punitive experiences.

She is the author of Punishing Places: The Geography of Mass Imprisonment (University of California Press, 2021). An excerpt from her book was published at Inquest.

Jessica's research has been published in a wide range of academic outlets, including PLOS One, Science Advances, Journal of Urban Health, City & Community, and Journal of Quantitative Criminology. Her work received an award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems and has been supported by grants from National Science Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Arnold Ventures, and the Social Science Research Council. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic, CityLab, The Appeal, and GovTech, among other outlets.

She is currently working on two main research projects: a study of the social and health effects of solitary confinement, and a study of racial disparities in policing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jessica received her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Critical Theory and Social Justice from Occidental College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University.


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