Professor at UCI - Department of Criminology, Law & Society

Professor of Criminology, Law & Society, Sociology, and Nursing Science

Valerie Jenness is an author, researcher, public policy advisor, and professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).

Jenness was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and prior to that was a Senior Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan.

Jenness served as Dean of the School of Social Ecology from 2009 to 2015 and Chair of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society from 2001-2006. Jenness is credited with conducting the path-breaking work on the prostitutes’ rights movement, hate crime, sexual assault in prison, transgender women in prisons for men, and grievance systems in prisons.


Latest Blog Posts


A Day in the Life of a UCI Student

A Day in the Life of a UCI Student   A very fascinating, sped up recording of a student walking to and from class while wearing a...
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UCI Chemists Figure Out How To Easily Halt Venom’s Spread – Valerie Jenness

  UCI Chemists have developed a way to neutralize deadly snake venom more cheaply and effectively than with traditional anti-venom – an innovation that could spare millions of people the loss of life or limbs each year.   In the U.S., human snakebite...
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Valerie Jenness – Delivering World Class Healthcare – UCI News

Our devoted team of UC Irvine Health physicians, nurses, researchers and healthcare professionals are united by a single calling – to improve the lives of people in Orange County and beyond. Learn how their passion to find cures and to deliver world-class care...
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My Books


Appealing to Justice

Prisoner Grievances, Rights, and Carceral Logic

Routing the Opposition

Social Movements, Public Policy, and Democracy

Making Hate A Crime

From Social Movement to Law Enforcement

Making it Work

The Prostitutes’ Rights Movement in Perspective

Hate Crimes

New Social Movements and the Politics of Violence

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