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PhD, Harvard University (2016)
Bio and Research
Jessica T. Simes is an assistant professor of sociology with broad interests in punishment, urban inequality, poverty and marginality, and immigration. In her research, she studies the neighborhood conditions of mass imprisonment and the enduring racial disparities in incarceration. Her research has focused on analyzing prison records to understand spatial inequalities in incarceration in historical perspective across Massachusetts cities and neighborhoods. Keenly interested in data visualization and spatial methods, Simes focuses on describing the prison boom through mapping to understand the broad impacts of incarceration on communities.
In her most recent work, Simes is studying the origins of the criminal immigrant stereotype using survey experiments. In addition, she is examining the racial disparities and effects of solitary confinement using data from the Kansas prison system.
Simes received her B.A. with honors in sociology from Occidental College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Andrew Mellon Foundation.