In 2009, I earned a BS in Administration of Justice from George Mason University and an AM (MSW) from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration in 2011. I am also a Fulbright scholar, awarded in the 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Program to conduct research in Cali, Colombia where I explored how local NGOs were supporting communities impacted by armed conflict and violence. I also worked at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the Vera Institute of Justice in New York supporting program development, advocacy and research efforts on a variety of criminal justice issues. Specifically, I provided technical assistance to communities across the country addressing public safety issues and conducted mixed-methods research examining youth experiences while incarcerated, how youth were transitioning back into the community, and the impact of police encounters on youth and families in New York City.

I currently study historical and contemporary patterns of police violence and the effects of police contact on youth with a specific focus on the ways police encounters shape how youth make sense of the criminal legal system and how their parents prepare them for police contact.

I love cats, traveling (when we could!), and baking

Research Interests

Police Violence | Racial & Legal Socialization | Mental Health | Mixed-Methods Research | Participatory Research

Recent Publications

Ashley N. Jackson. The more things change, the more they stay the same: A spatial analysis of historical and current incidents of police violence. (in press). Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change.

Phylicia C. Allen, Sheretta T. Butler-Barnes, Helen Robinson, and Ashley N. Jackson. 2022. Simply Put, I’m Tired: Efficacy to Combat Racism among African American Adolescent Boys and Girls. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Sarah Gaby, David Cunningham, Hedwig Lee, Geoff Ward, and Ashley N. Jackson. (2021). Exculpating Injustice: Coroner Constructions of White Innocence in the Postbellum South. Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, 17, 1-13.

Ashley N. Jackson, Lisa Fedina, Jordan DeVylder, and Richard Barth. (2021). Police Victimization and Associations with Public Perceptions of the Police. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 12(2), 303-326.

Andres F. Rengifo, Sofia G. Flores, and Ashley N. Jackson. (2020). From bright plots to blind spots: Mapping departures in case-review post bail reform in two New Jersey courts. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 48(1), 96–115.

Ashley N. Jackson, Sheretta T. Butler-Barnes, Jewel D. Stafford, Helen Robinson, and Phylicia C. Allen. (2020). “Can I Live”: Black American Adolescent Boys’ Reports of Police Abuse and the Role of Religiosity on Mental Health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(4330), 1-16.

Sicong (Summer), Ashley N. Jackson, Romario Smith, and Darrell L. Hudson. (2020). Race at the Forefront in Social and Economic Inequities. Journal on Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility in America, 2(1).

Books Chapters
Sheretta T. Butler-Barnes, Phylicia C. Allen, Maya Williams and Ashley N. Jackson. (2020). Stereotypes of African Americans In Nadler, J. T. & Voyles, E. (Eds.). Stereotypes: The Incidence and Impacts of Bias. Praeger Publishing.