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


Jenness Named First Distinguished Visiting Professor at ASU’s CCJ

ASU NEWS — A national leader in criminology is in residence at Arizona State University during the spring semester as the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice's first-ever Distinguished Visiting Professor. Valerie Jenness, a distinguished professor of...

ASU Welcomes Valerie Jenness to CCJ

ASU CRIMINAL JUSTICE TWITTER (@ASUCrimJustice) — Arizona State University is honored to welcome Valerie Jenness, PhD, as a visiting scholar to the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJ). Jenness is the president-electof American Society of Criminology among...

Jenness Garners Western Society of Criminology Award

UCI SCHOOL OF SOCIAL ECOLOGY -- Valerie Jenness, professor of criminology, law and society at the University of California, Irvine has been named the recipient of the Western Society of Criminology’s Meda Chesney-Lind Award for “significant contributions to...

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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