Research

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Research Trajectory

As an interdisciplinarily trained sociologist, I work at the intersection of criminology, law and society, and gender. In my research I embrace an intersectional approach to understanding the way current public discourses and legal policies impact marginalized communities. I address the ways systems used in the social control of deviance— criminalization and medicalization— participate in social exclusion. My previous research demonstrates the ways in which responsibilization is a fundamentally gendered state practice and explores the manifestations and impacts of responsibilization strategies on female offenders and their communities.

My dissertation project, Returning to Grace: Gender and Responsibilization in the State’s Management of Sex Work and Trafficking (defended June 2019), explores the process and impact of the criminal justice system’s assigning of victim status to women in prostitution. This project is an ethnographically grounded mixed-methods study of a criminal diversion program for women in prostitution. Drawing from theories of neoliberal governmentality in criminology and gendered theories of victimhood, I explore the nature and impact of a criminal diversion program serving people charged with prostitution-related offenses.

As a University of California Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow,  I am currently conducting a parallel study of the use of this diversion approach serving people charged with crimes related to purchasing sex. This second project continues with my focus on governmentality, gender, and the tension between responsibilization and victimhood..

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Publications

Jungleib, Lillian Taylor. 2018. “Anti-Trafficking and Feminism: Survivors as Movement Activists.” In Jo Reger (ed.) Nevertheless They Persisted: Feminisms and Continued Resistance in the U.S. Women’s Movement. London, UK: Routledge.

Focusing on the women in prostitution, I examine the ways in which women resist, adopt, and deploy the victim status accorded to them in a book chapter (December 2018), “Anti-Trafficking and Feminism: Survivors as Movement Activists,” in Nevertheless They Persisted: Feminisms and Continued Resistance in the U.S. Women’s Movement, edited by Jo Reger, published by Routledge. Based on ethnographic fieldwork and interviews with survivor activists collected as part of the larger research project, I argue that while survivor participation in the contemporary anti-sex trafficking movement is heavily restricted by movement structure and ideology, survivors co-opt the roles provided for them to assert their humanity beyond the role of victim, come out and build solidarity with other survivors, and use their experiences to demand legitimacy as qualified experts to challenge the dominant strategies and goals of the anti-sex trafficking movement. I argue that the substantive contributions of survivor activism are essential to building an inclusive and effective feminist movement against sex trafficking.


Raymond, Geoffrey, Lillian Taylor Jungleib, Don Zimmerman, and Nikki Jones. In Press. “Rules and Policeable Matters: Enforcing the Civil Sidewalk Ordinance for ‘Another First Time.’” In Douglass W. Maynard and John C. Heritage (eds.) Harold Garfinkel: Praxis, Social Order, and the Ethnomoethodology Movement. London, UK: Oxford University Press.

In addition to my work on gender and criminal diversion programs, I served as the project manager for a research team across multiple UC campuses studying policing practices. Funded by a $400,000 grant from the William T. Grant foundation, this multi-year project draws from a data set that includes digitized video of police-civilian encounters and ethnographic interviews with officers from two major metropolitan police departments. Stemming from this larger project, I developed a book chapter that explores the discretionary enforcement of a civil sidewalk ordinance, commonly understood to target chronically homeless citizens. Using a microanalytic approach, my collaborators and I examine the process through which officers and civilians alike orient to tacit agreements governing enforcement of the law. We are also developing papers that use a novel quantitative methodology for analyzing video data to examine the role of suspicion in police-civilian encounters and the relationship between suspicion and provisional status, especially for young black civilians.

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