Valerie Jenness

Associate Professor, Criminology, Law & Society
School of Social Ecology
Chair, Criminology, Law & Society
Professor, Sociology
School of Social Sciences

PH.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Phone: (949) 824-1437, 5575
Fax: (949) 824-3001

University of California, Irvine
2340 SE II
Mail Code: 7080
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Deviance and social control, gender and social change, legal
Research Abstract
Valerie Jenness is Chair of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on the links between deviance and social control (especially law), gender, and social change (especially social movements). She is the author of three books--Making Hate a Crime: From Social Movement to Law Enforcement Practice (with Ryken Grattet, 2001), Hate Crimes: New Social Movements and the Politics of Violence (with Kendal Broad, 1997), and Making it Work: The Prostitutes' Rights Movement in Perspective (1993)-as well as numerous articles on the politics of prostitution, AIDS and civil liberties, hate crimes and hate crime law, and the gay/lesbian movement and the women's movement in the U.S. Her work has been published in the American Sociological Review, Gender & Society, Social Problems, American Behavioral Scientist, Sociological Perspectives, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Law and Critique, and Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change; recognized with awards from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the Pacific Sociological Association, and the University of California; translated and reprinted in Japanese and German; presented at an array of professional conferences and universities, as well as to the U.S. Congress and the National Academy of Sciences; and funded by National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the California Policy Research Center, the California Department of Mental Health, the University of California, and Washington State University.

She has served as an Associate Editor for Social Problems, as well as an Advisory Editor for Criminology, Social Problems, Gender & Society, Research in Political Sociology, Sexuality & Culture, and Race, Sex and Class; Chair-elect of the Crime, Law, and Deviance section and Chair of the Sexualities section of the American Sociological Association, as well as Chair of the Social Problems Theory division and Chair of the Sexual Behavior, Communities, and Politics division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems; Vice-Chair of the Law & Society division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems; and a Member of the Board of Directors for the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Council for Sociology of Law section, the Crime, Law, & Deviance section, and the Collective Behavior/Social Movements section of the American Sociological Association.
Jenness, Valerie and Ryken Grattet. 2001. Making Hate a Crime: From Social Movement to Law Enforcement. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
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