About

Jessica T. Simes

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

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 poverty-related organizational density, a field study of solitary confinement in Pennsylvania, and studies of neighborhood attainment and substance use after incarceration ends.