Dr. Melinda Jackson-Jefferson

SOCIOLOGY

Assistant Professor,
Sociology Club Advisor


Dr. Jackson-Jefferson was born and raised in Amite, Louisiana, a small city roughly 95 miles northeast of Thibodaux. She joined the Sociology Department at Nicholls State University in August of 2017 after receiving her Ph.D. in Sociology from Louisiana State University. Her primary research interests join the sociological literatures on fear of crime and intersectionality that explores issues of inequality related to underrepresented populations. At present, she has published research on inequality, race and racism in the criminal justice system, social justice, critical race theory, intersectionality (gender, race and class) and fear of crime. Much of her attention, however, has focused on projects that use qualitative and quantitative methodologies to study crime. Her research has appeared in Democracy and Education, Crime & Delinquency, Gender & Education, Culture and Education and Pan African Studies.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends

EDUCATION:

Ph.D. Louisiana State University
M.A. Southeastern Louisiana University
B.A. Southeastern Louisiana University

COURSES:

SOCI 151 — Introductory Sociology
SOCI 204 — Cultural Diversity in American Society
SOCI 372 — Social Stratification
SOCI 372 — Sociology of Sports
SOCI 385 — Criminology
SOCI 400 — Sociological Theory

INTEREST AREAS:

Criminology
Criminal Justice
Deviance
Intersectionality (Race, Class, Gender)
Research Methods
Sociological Theory
Media

CONTACT:

245-B Peltier Hall
985.448.4503
melinda.jefferson@nicholls.edu