Nicholls State University


Dr. Melinda Jackson-Jefferson

Title: Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator
Department: Sociology and Criminal Justice
Office Phone: 985-448-4503
Office Location: 236-B Peltier Hall


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


SOCI 151: Introductory Sociology
SOCI 204: Cultural Diversity in American Society
SOCI 324: Social Stratification
SOCI 328: Sociology of Sports
SOCI 360: Population Demographics and Dynamics
SOCI 372: Crime and the Media
SOCI 372: Corrections
SOCI 385: Criminology
SOCI 386: Deviant Behavior
SOCI 395: Racial and Cultural Minorities
SOCI 400: Sociological Theory


Dr. Jefferson joined the Department of Social Sciences 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 and criminal justice 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. Her research has appeared in Democracy and Education, Crime and Delinquency, Crime and Justice, Gender and Education, Culture and Education, and Pan African Studies. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Program Coordinator
Black History Month Chair
Sociology Club Advisor
Black Women Leadership Association (BWLA) Advisor
Faculty Mentor

Dr. Jefferson’s recent publications include: “Ritualization, Mental Mapping, and the Fear of Crime: The Constructions of Physical Space and Social Actors in Two High Crime Impoverished Areas,” in the Sociological Imagination Journal;” The Leak in the Academic Pipeline: on Black Women Sociologist” in the Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy; “Segregation Then, Segregation Now: A Tale of Two Cities Within One Urban Area” and “Us versus Them: “We Are More Fearful of the Police than the Actual Criminals,” both published by BRILL Publishing Services.