New and Recently Tenured Faculty

OMA&D congratulates Alexes Harris and Janine Jones, University of Washington faculty of color who are newly tenured with promotion to associate professor.

Alexes Harris

Dr. Harris is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology. She received a bachelor’s degree with distinction in sociology from UW in 1997, and received both her master’s (1999) and Ph.D. (2002) in sociology from UCLA. Also a faculty affiliate with the West Coast Poverty Center, Dr. Harris joined the UW in 2002 and did a two-year post-doctoral in the Department of Sociology before starting as an assistant professor. Her research interests include race and ethnicity, the juvenile and criminal justice system, social stratification and inequality, and qualitative research methods.

Janine Jones

Dr. Jones is an associate professor in the College of Education (Educational Psychology). She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas, Austin in 1991, and a master of science, marriage, family and child counseling (MFCC) at the University of Southern California in 1994. Dr. Jones received a Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1999. She first came to UW in 2003 as an adjunct professor and became an assistant professor of school psychology in 2005. Her research interests include spirituality and resilience in children and families of color, multiculturalism in the practice of school psychology, and school based interventions that focus on socio-emotional health.

OMA&D also welcomes Lekelia (Kiki) Jenkins and Carolyn Pinedo-Turnovsky to the University of Washington.

Lekelia (Kiki) Jenkins

Dr. Jenkins joins the faculty in the School of Marine Affairs as an assistant professor after coming to the UW in 2009 on a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. She earned her bachelor of science in biology from the University of Maryland in 1997 and a Ph.D. in marine conservation from Duke University in 2006. Prior to her arrival in Seattle, Dr. Jenkins was an AAAS Science and Technology Fellow with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Silver Spring, Md., and was an environmental consultant with the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco, Calif. Her research interests focus on the rigorous, empirical study of the process of conservation, especially marine conservation.

Dr. Pinedo-Turnovsky, an assistant professor, has a joint appointment in the Department of American Ethnic Studies and the Law, Societies, and Justice program. She recently served as a visiting assistant professor in American Ethnic Studies and Sociology. Dr. Pinedo-Turnovsky is a sociologist whose research and teaching contribute to sociological examination of immigration. Her book manuscript, Daily Labors, Marketing Identity on a New York City Street Corner, is currently under review. She previously worked at UC Santa Barbara where she was as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and a faculty affiliate in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies. Dr. Pinedo-Turnovsky received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Columbia University, a master’s degree in sociology from Queens College and a Ph.D. in sociology from the City University of New York, Graduate Center.

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