Jon Gordon, Ph.D.

The Department of Sociology is excited to welcome new assistant  professor, Jon Gordon, this fall! Jon's research focuses on the interconnections between patterns in violence, policing, and security in marginalized communities. He received his PhD in Sociology from New
York University in May 2021. Jon is currently writing a book that examines how a criminalized group of men engaged in extrajudicial violence and drug dealing as a part of a broader project of building a safer community with residents in a zone of Medellín, Colombia. Based on seven years of ethnographic fieldwork, the book illustrates how the men's violence was legitimized, which, in turn,created pathways for them to establish a nonprofit organization and carry out community service projects on behalf of residents of the zone.

Jon will teach Criminology and Constructions of Gender for the Fall 2021 semester. In both courses, special attention is given to the ntersections of gender, sexual, race, and class inequalities in a range of domains, from education, the workplace, and popular culture, to crime, violence, and punishment.



2020    "The Legitimation of Extrajudicial Violence in an Urban Community.” Social Forces, 98(3):1174-1195.  *Award for Best Article, ASA Section on Peace, War, and Social Conflict.

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Sociology

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6397

Fax: (828) 262-2294

Office address
204B Chapell Wilson Hall
Mailing address
480 Howard St, Box 32115


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