Daanika Gordon completed her dissertation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tufts University, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora.
Daanika’s research explores the institutional production of racial difference and inequality, with a specific focus on the criminal justice system.
Her current project investigates the relationships between residential segregation and policing strategies. Work related to this project has been funded by the National Science Foundation and appears in Law & Social Inquiry.
In previous projects, Daanika has studied how racial typifications of neighborhoods permeate individuals’ daily mobility patterns, and how institutional practices in a drug court impact clients’ pathways through the program.
Daanika is an active participant in ongoing national conversations on policing and criminal justice reform. She recently presented at the “Reimaginging/Reinventing Police” conference hosted by the University of Chicago, and she participated in a convening on “Reimaging Public Safety” hosted by the Yale Justice Collaboratory and the Policing Project at NYU Law.
At Tufts, Daanika is on the faculty advisory committee of the Tufts University Prison Initiative of Tisch College.