Jessica T. Simes

I am Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University. I received my PhD in Sociology from Harvard University. In summer 2020 I will be joining the BU Center for Antiracist Research as the Associate Director of Research.

I analyze mass incarceration from a spatial perspective to understand and explain broad patterns of social inequality. My current book project explores the geography of mass imprisonment using data visualization, mapping, and spatial analysis of geocoded address- and county-level data. My research draws on a range of methodologies and data sources, including spatial analysis, surveys, and qualitative interviews.

Current projects include a mixed-methods study of place stratification and reentry-based organizational density, a field study of solitary confinement, and a study of the consequences of health policy reform for rates of criminal justice contact.

Photo credit: Shawna Stanley