Nikki Jones is a professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She teaches, researches, and writes about the experiences of Black women, men, and youth with the criminal legal system, policing, and with various forms of violence. She also talks a lot about how racism shapes our everyday lives. Her books include Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner-City Violence (2009) and The Chosen Ones: Black Men and the Politics of Redemption (2018). Her current research project, with Professor Geoffrey Raymond, explores how racism makes its way into everyday police encounters and how residents of high-surveillance neighborhoods articulate calls for freedom and justice.
Professor Jones is affiliated with the D-Lab, UC Berkeley Law School’s Center for the Study of Law and Society and Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP) Program, the Center for Race and Gender, and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies.