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


Battling Bias: Freshman seminar series on prejudice aims to teach tolerance, encourage activism

“Has anyone ever been a bystander to hate?” The question hangs in the air. Valerie Jenness, UCI professor of criminology, law & society, eyes her fall-quarter class of freshmen expectantly. After some hesitation, students begin raising their hands. One recounts a...
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Boiling in the Cells: Prisoners, Grievances, and Substantive Justice

As our article, “’It Depends on the Outcome’: Prisoners, Grievances, and Perceptions of Procedural Justice,” was coming to fruition, national news exposed a grave problem inside U.S. prisons: prisoners are dying of heat exposure in cells that often rise well above 100...
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Professor Valerie Jenness Discusses Hate Crimes

Professor Valerie Jenness of University of California, Irvine discusses the history and ideologies behind the approaches to the definition and punishment of hate crimes. Professor Valerie Jenness Discusses Hate Crimes   This video is part of the Neil A. Weiner...
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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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