Jessica T. Simes

Associate Director of Research

Jessica T. Simes, an assistant professor of sociology at Boston University, is associate director of research at the BU Center for Antiracist Research. Her work contributes to sociological research on racial inequality, mass incarceration, the conditions of prison confinement, and the social structure of cities. Professor Simes’ forthcoming book, Punishing Places: The Geography of Mass Imprisonment in America, describes in unprecedented detail the consequences of mass incarceration for neighborhoods and communities in the United States. Current projects include a field study of solitary confinement, and studies of racial and mental health disparities in solitary confinement.

Professor Simes received her BA with honors in sociology with a minor in critical theory and social justice from Occidental College, and her MA and PhD in sociology from Harvard University. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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