Daanika Gordon is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tufts University, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Studies of Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Daanika’s research investigates the intersections of the urban political economy, racialized space, and policing practices. Her forthcoming book, Policing the Racial Divide: Urban Growth Politics and the Remaking of Segregation, draws on a case of police reform in a segregated Rust Belt city to show how spatially divergent policing modalities come to be institutionalized, and how they amplify racial disparities in police service and social control. In a related vein of work, she examines police redistricting reforms as arenas that shape the role of the police in the city and the distribution of policing across urban space.
In a previous project, Daanika analyzed how institutional practices in a drug court impact clients’ pathways through the program. She has also collaborated on a study investigating access to justice for low-income litigants in child support enforcement proceedings. Her research has been published in journals including Law & Social Inquiry, Socius, Sociological Perspectives, and the South Carolina Law Review.