Welcome!


_mg_0227Starting in July 2017, I will move from Yale University where I have been a faculty member since 2012 to Johns Hopkins University, where I will be the Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Political Science and Sociology.
I received my PhD in Government and Social Policy from the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality at Harvard University. My research aims to better understand the causes and consequences of racial inequality in the United States, how state policies and institutions shape political life and identity, and especially the effects of increasing punishment and surveillance in America on democratic inclusion. I have served on the Harvard/NIJ Executive Session on Community Corrections, the Center for Community Change’s Good Jobs for All initiative, and the APSA Presidential Taskforce on Racial Inequality in the Americas.  

My research has been supported by fellowships from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Public Voices Project, and the Brookings Institution.  My vita is here though my recent scholarly endeavors can be found within these pages.  

Email:  vesla@jhu.edu  Twitter: @VeslaWeaver

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