Jodie Lawston, PhD
Jodie Lawston, PhD
Chair and Professor of Women's Studies

Office: Social and Behavioral Science Building 4234
Phone: (760) 750-4623
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Jodie M. Lawston is the Chair and Professor of Women's Studies. Her research interests center on the issues of women’s incarceration, immigrant detention, political and social activism, and most recently, women’s health. Jodie loves road cycling, traveling, and walking her cocker spaniel, Spike.


Jodie M. Lawston has a BA in psychology and Women’s Studies from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an MA and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Lawston's research interests center on the issues of women’s incarceration, immigrant detention, political and social activism, and most recently, women’s health.  She is the author of Sisters Outside: Radical Activists Working for Women Prisoners (SUNY Press 2008) and co-editor of Razor Wire Women: Prisoners, Activists, Scholars, and Artists (SUNY Press 2011), which has a blog by the same name. Her other scholarly publications include articles in the anthologies (Re) Interpretations: The Shapes of Justice in Women's Experience; Milestones for American Women: Our Defining Passages; Beyond Walls and Cages: Bridging Prison Abolition and Immigrant Justice Movements; and Women, Punishment, and Community Sanctions: Human Rights and Social Justice. She has peer-reviewed articles published in Gender & Society, Sociological Focus, Social Justice, Sage Open, and the National Women's Studies Association Journal (Now Feminist Formations). In addition to Razor Wire Women, she has edited several projects, including a special issue of the National Women’s Studies Association Journal entitled “Women and Criminal Justice: Policing, Prosecution, and Incarceration” (with Ashley Lucas), and with Martha Escobar a special issue ofSocial Justice entitled “Policing, Detention, Deportation, and Resistance: Situating Immigrant Justice and Carcerality in the 21st Century.”  She recently co-edited a book with April Shueths called Mixed Status Families: In Between the Shadows of Citizenship.  She is currently writing an introduction to a sociology textbook for Pearson Education. 
  • WMST 490: Feminist Perspectives: Theories and Research
  • WMST 424: Women and Health
  • WMST 401: Comparative Perspectives on Gender and Justice
  • WMST 345: Gender and Violence
  • WMST 301: Race, Class and Gender in Contemporary Society
  • WMST 205: Gender and Identity in Popular Culture and the Media