Dr. Pamela I. Jackson

Professor Pamela Jackson
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Department of Sociology
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Dr. Pamela Irving Jackson, Professor of Sociology at Rhode Island College, holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Brown University and a B.A. with honors from Regis College. Her research focuses on issues of social control and minority status, including comparative analysis of the integration of Muslims in western societies for which she received Fulbright grants in 2002 and 2006. Her work has been published in several journals, including the American Sociological ReviewCriminologyJustice Quarterly, the Journal of International Migration and Integration, as well as in her Choice Outstanding book, Minority Group Threat, Crime and Policing: Social Context and Social Control, and her 2012 book with Peter Doerschler, Benchmarking Muslim Well-Being in Europe: Reducing Disparities and Polarizations. She has served on the editorial board of the American Sociological Review, and is a recipient of the American Society of Criminology’s Mentor of the Year Award.

Dr. Jackson has been involved in several international collaborations, including work with scholars in Germany at the Center for European Integration (ZEI) in Bonn in 2004 and at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin in 2007. She has presented papers at the National Institute for Demographic Studies (INED) in Paris in 2009 and at Trinity College in Dublin in 2014, in addition to many national and international scholarly conference venues.

At Rhode Island College, Dr. Jackson was named the 2000 recipient of the Paul Maixner Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2003 Mary Tucker Thorp Professorship for Distinguished Research in Arts and Sciences, and the 2013-14 College Thorp Professorship for Excellence in Scholarship, Teaching and Professional Service. She has served as Director of the Justice Studies Program and teaches courses in criminal justice, delinquency and social control.


B.A. (with honors), Regis College

M.A., Brown University

Ph.D., Brown University


JSTD 466 Seminar In Justice Studies
SOC 207 Crime and Criminal Justice
SOC 309 The Sociology of Delinquency and Crime​