Research

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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 nature and impact of responsibilization strategies on women and their communities.

In my research I use multiple methods to develop an intersectional approach to understanding the way current public discourses and legal policies operate within institutions to impact marginalized communities. I draw from theories of neoliberal governmentality in criminology and gendered theories of social movements and victimhood to examine the nature and outcome of rehabilitation-based approaches to the State’s management of prostitution. My current work advances a comparative analysis of two parallel diversion programs: a program that seeks to “rescue” and “empower” (mostly) women who sell sex and another program that attempts to “educate” men who buy it.

My research at the women’s program began with my dissertation, Returning to Grace: Gender and Responsibilization in the State’s Management of Sex Work and Trafficking, based on 18 months of ethnographic field work, qualitative interviews with over 50 program clients, staff, and related experts, and quantitative analysis of survey data (n= 507). In my current position as a postdoctoral fellow I am advancing the second project at the men’s program in order to extend some of the central themes raised in my previous work regarding the process and impacts of the institutionalization of social movement frames and goals into public policy and the and the relationship between responsibilization and social inequalities. The book length manuscript I am completing, tentatively titled Rescue Rehab, draws from a comparative analysis of these programs and reveals the myriad of ways responsibilization is gendered and easily understood as a product of racialization in a larger context of medicalization and criminalization.

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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.