Professor at UCI - Department of Criminology, Law & Society

UCI SCHOOL OF SOCIAL ECOLOGY — For her research accomplishments and pursuit of social justice for vulnerable populations, Valerie Jenness, professor of criminology, law and society, sociology, and nursing science, was honored by two national organizations — the American Sociological Association (ASA) and the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) — at their recent annual meetings in New York City

The SSSP awarded Jenness its 2019 Doris Wilkinson Award. Professor Wilkinson is best known for her pioneering work on critical race theory and the sociology of health and illness. SSSP’s congratulatory letter to Jenness reads:

“We believe this is a well-deserved honor because, like Dr. Wilkinson, you are a pioneer in the truest sense of the word. Both of you brought your sociological training to significantly fight for social justice. Your important work as an advocate for transgender women who are incarcerated is commendable. Your ability to bring your research to the public is remarkable, and includes an impressive list of forums, such as The New York Times, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the L.A. Police Department, and the California Attorney General’s Office. All of these contributions to the betterment of our society led us to the conclusion that you are overwhelmingly the best choice for the 2019 Doris Wilkinson Award.”