About & CV

Hello! I’m Jordan Grasso (they/them), and I am a doctoral student in Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California Irvine (UCI) located on Tongva land and a California State University Chancellor’s Fellow. Prior to attending UCI, I received a B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies and an M.A. in Sociological Practice from California State University San Marcos on Luiseño and Kumeyaay land.

While completing my M.A., I participated in the San Diego and Imperial County Community College Association’s (SDICCCA) Fellowship program, where I was mentored by a local professor (Dr. José Briceño at Palomar Community College) and gained valuable training and on-the-job teaching experience. After completing the fellowship and attaining my M.A., I spent one year teaching sociology courses at two Southern California community colleges before my passion for research and further education guided me back to graduate school.

Now, at UCI, I am working towards attaining a Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society with emphases in Feminist Studies and Law, Society, and Culture. Besides my research and teaching commitments, I currently serve as an LGBTQ+ peer mentor, graduate peer mentor, student editorial board member for Sociological Perspectives, and graduate student representative for the UCI School of Social Ecology.