— M.A., University of Chicago
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Jessica is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology, a Center for Mexican-American Studies portfolio student, and an Urban Ethnography Lab Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests are in race, education, incarceration, class inequality, and ethnography. Jessica's research broadly examines the micro effects of large-scale social and economic policies on low-income communities. Her current research project examines the extension of the punitive arm of the state into non-traditional criminal justice structures.
Jessica's dissertation investigates the intersection of the criminal justice system with public schooling through a 27 month-long ethnography of a public Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) in Texas. Her dissertation examines the on-the-ground enforcement of zero tolerance school policies with a specific focus on the form, variation, extent, and effects that school discipline assumes in punitive schooling spaces. She focuses on in-school and out-of-school processes - such as the interplay of the family, juvenile justice system, and public education - to understand how disciplinary alternative education programs may operate to (re)produce educational inequality, student "misbehavior," or extend DAEP techniques of discipline and punishment to the families of DAEP students.
Jessica's work has been published in Race Ethnicity and Education and Sociological Forum. Her research 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, and the President's Fellowship at the University of Texas. She is currently a Marilyn Yarbrough Teaching Fellow at Kenyon College and a National Academy of Education/ Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow.
Jessica Dunning-Lozano graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and Geography from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.