Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A. Sociology, Hunter College, CUNY, 2006
M.A. Sociology, Rutgers University, 2009
Ph.D. Sociology, Rutgers University, 2015
Shatima J. Jones is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Gallatin. She earned her doctorate in sociology at Rutgers University, where she also received her master’s degree; and she holds a BA in sociology from Hunter College. Jones is interested in the intersection of race, space, gender, and culture. Her dissertation, “Performing Race and Shaping Community in the Black Barbershop” focuses on how black people interpret and perform their racial identity, the processes by which they create community based on these understandings, and the significance of place and space in shaping these sentiments. The bulk of Jones’s research employs ethnographic methods to uncover what black people think constitutes an “authentic” racial identity, how they signal this to others in everyday interaction, and how racially exclusive places shape understandings and performances of race. At NYU, Jones is writing a book manuscript for University of Chicago Press based on her dissertation research. She is also embarking on a new ethnographic project focusing on women’s hair salons in order to explore gender differences in racial performance. She also teaches her signature classes, “(De)Tangling the Business of Black Women’s Hair” and “Mapping the Urban Ecology: Racial Communities, Ethnic Enclaves, and Multicultural Populations in NYC”.
race, gender, place and space, community, urban sociology, culture, ethnography, Black identification