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Jennifer JurgensGraduate Students

My work explores the political economy of late twentieth century American policing and punishment by charting the relationship between urban and suburban development, mass incarceration, and neoliberalism.

My dissertation project focuses on the changing urban landscape and carceral project present in Houston, Texas from 1960 to 2000.

My teaching interests include carceral studies, urban history, late 20th century politics, and queer history.


  • BA in History, with a minor in Social Thought, UCLA, 2016

Research Interests

Carceral Studies
Political Economy 

Dissertation Title

"The Carceral City: Urban Development and Policing in Houston, 1960-2000"

Faculty Advisors

Daniel LaChance