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Lectures & Learning Opportunities School & College Events Hybrid

Discovering Black Studies at Cal

The Department of African American Studies is an intellectual community committed to producing, refining, and advancing knowledge of Black people in the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and Africa. A key component of the department's mission is to interrogate the meanings and dimensions of slavery and colonialism, and their continuing political, social, and cultural implications. Professor Jones will talk about the innovative and interdisciplinary work of the department and her current research.

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Nikki Jones
H. Michael and Jeanne Williams Professor and Department Chair, African American Studies

Nikki Jones' work focuses on the experiences of Black women, men, and youth with the criminal legal system, policing, and violence. She is the author of Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner-City Violence and The Chosen Ones: Black Men and the Politics of Redemption, which received the Michael J. Hindelang Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Criminology. Her current research includes analysis of interviews with police officers and video recordings of routine police encounters with the public, with a focus on those that involve the police and Black youth in high-surveillance neighborhoods.