Professor at UCI - Department of Criminology, Law & Society

UC SANTA BARBARA ALUMNI — Valerie Jenness, Ph.D. ‘91 continues her work for the University of California as a senior leader at UC Irvine. Valerie, who received her Ph.D. from UCSB in Sociology, is now the Acting Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Institutional Research at the University of California, Irvine, and a Distinguished Professor of Criminology, Law and Society as well as Sociology (by courtesy) in the School of Social Science and Nursing Science (by courtesy) in the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing.

Professor Jenness is the author of four books, including, most recently, Appealing to Justice: Prisoner, Grievances, Rights, and Carceral Logic (with Kitty Calavita, University of California Press). Her work on prostitution, hate crime, prison violence, transgender prisoners, and prison grievance systems has been honored with awards from the American Sociological Association, American Society of Criminology, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the Pacific Sociological Association, the Law and Society Association, the Western Society of Criminology, and Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America. Professor Jenness is an award-winning teacher and mentor, having received the American Society of Criminology’s Outstanding Teaching Award and UCI’s Academic Senate’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching.