Dr. Jessica Dunning-Lozano is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Ithaca College. Her research interests are in education, crime, law, and deviance, race, poverty, and ethnography. Dr. Dunning-Lozano's research broadly examines the micro effects of large-scale criminal justice, social, and economic policies on low-income communities. She investigates the on-the-ground effects of the growing enmeshment of punitive state practices and traditional “caring” institutions, such as public education and public assistance agencies, on the day-to-day lives of vulnerable populations. Dr. Dunning-Lozano undertook a 27 month-long ethnography of a majority Latino public Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) in Texas where she examined the ways in which discipline is accomplished in such programs, the effects of program discipline on student subjectivities, and the paradoxes of student/teacher/parent/ police relationships in a school whose primary function is to punish.
She is currently working on a mixed methods archival project that examines variations in how teachers evaluate and document student misbehavior on an array of disciplinary documents by students’ race, class, gender, and citizenship statuses, and the ramifications of these recorded assessments for students both in and beyond public school settings.
Dr. Dunning-Lozano's work has been funded through the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program, the Center for Mexican American Studies, the C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair in U.S.-Mexico Relations, the President's Fellowship at the University of Texas, the Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation/ Teaching Fellowship Program, and The National Academy of Education/ Spencer Foundation.
Jessica Dunning-Lozano received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas, Austin. She graduated with an M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in Sociology and Geography from the University of California, Berkeley.