About & CV
Hello! I’m Jordan Grasso (they/them), and I am a California State University (CSU) Chancellor’s Doctoral Fellow and a doctoral student in Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California Irvine (UCI), which sits on the unceded ancestral homelands of the Tongva people. 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.
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 community college 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. I also teach in the Criminology and Justice Studies Department at CSU Northridge and the Sociology Department at CSU San Marcos. Besides my research and teaching commitments, I currently serve at UCI as an LGBTQ+ peer mentor, graduate peer mentor, and School of Social Ecology graduate student representative. I am also a member of the Outreach, Publicity, and Events Committee at CSU Northridge’s Criminology and Justice Studies Department, the Pacific Sociological Association’s Committee on the Status of LGBTQ+ Persons in Sociology, and a student editorial board member for the peer-reviewed journal Sociological Perspectives.