Jessica T. Simes

I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University. I received my PhD in Sociology from Harvard University.

I am interested in the causes and consequences of mass incarceration for patterns of social inequality. My current book project explores the geography of mass imprisonment in historical perspective. Using data visualization and mapping of address-level data, I explore the local origins of the historic rise in imprisonment. My research draws on a range of methodologies and data sources, including spatial analysis, surveys, and experiments.

Current projects include a field study of solitary confinement in Pennsylvania, an analysis of solitary confinement in Kansas using thirty years of prison records, studies of neighborhood attainment and drug use during reentry, and the origins of the criminal immigrant stereotype.