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


Global Climate Change | Valerie Jenness – UCI News

Global Climate Change: Over time, nuisance flooding can cost more than extreme, infrequent events Long-term impact of climate change on US cities is rising, UCI researchers find ON FEBRUARY 21, 2017 Irvine, Calif., Feb. 21, 2017 – Global climate change is being felt...
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Sociology Professor Laura L. Appleton

Scholarship Established to Honor Sociology Professor Laura L. Appleton   Central Washington University professor of Sociology Laura L. Appleton wanted to make sure students like her had opportunities for continued education. With that in mind, the family and...
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UC Irvine International Programs – Valerie Jenness   UC Irvine International Programs   Founded in 1965, the University of California, Irvine has become world-renowned for its strength as a major research...
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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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