Core Department Faculty Member

  • Portrait
  • Jeanette Covington
  • Associate Professor
  • Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1979
  • Email: covingto@rutgers.edu
  • Office: Davison Hall, 114
  • Phone: (848) 932-4029
  • Dr. Covington is an Associate Professor of Sociology who teaches courses in crime, drugs and race relations.  Her current research examines how crime figures in the construction of race.  In the past few years, she has had several articles published on how criminologists assign meaning to the construction of blackness in their analyses of race differences in crime.  She also examines these issues in greater detail in her book titled Crime and Racial Constructions.  Not only does the book take a look at how criminologists create racial images, but it also considers how many of these same images of criminal blacks are disseminated in popular culture by Hollywood and other media.   

    In earlier work, Dr. Covington has also had a number of articles on fear of crime and neighborhood change and crime appear in various journals, including Social Problems, Sociological Quarterly, Urban Affairs Quarterly and Criminology.  Earlier work on drugs and crime was published in Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency and Contemporary Drug Problems.