Ericka Adams, Ph.D.

Dr. Ericka AdamsAssociate Professor,
Graduate Coordinator

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago; Chicago, IL

Curriculum Vitae [pdf]


Contact Information:

Phone: 408-924-3339
Office: MH 527

Fall 2024 Office Hours: TBA


About Dr. Ericka Adams:

Ericka B. Adams, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Justice Studies at San José State University. Dr. Adams has published in the areas of crime and deviance in Trinidad and Tobago, crime control strategies implemented within underprivileged neighborhoods, and female substance abuse. Her current research interests center on the impact of violence on communities in Trinidad and Tobago, the exclusionary practices that accompany a criminal record, and whether criminal expungement transforms the lives of those previously incarcerated.

Areas of Interest:

  • Crime and Deviance in Caribbean Communities
  • Impact of Criminal Justice Policies on Citizen's Lived Experiences

Recent Publications:

Adams, E. B., (2019). Police legitimacy in Trinidad and Tobago: Resident perceptions in a high crime community. Journal of Crime and Justice. First published online. doi: 10.1080/0735648X.2019.1582350

Adams, E. B., Morris, P. K., and Maguire, E. R. (2018). Impact of gangs on community life in Trinidad. Race and Justice. First published online.doi: 10.1177/2153368718820577

Adams, E. B., and Vera Sanchez, C. G. (2018). Murder in a twin island paradise: Trends and strategies implemented to address criminal homicide in Trinidad and Tobago. In Deflem, M. (Ed.). Homicide and Violent Crime (Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance, Volume 23).Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.

Chen, E. Y., and Adams, E. B. (2017). “‘I’ve Risen Up from the Ashes that I Created’: Record Clearance and Gendered Narratives of Self-Reinvention and Reintegration.” Feminist Criminology. First published online. doi: 10.1177/1557085117733796

Adams, E. B., Chen, E. Y., and Chapman, R. (2017). “Erasing the Mark of a Criminal Past: Ex-Offenders’ Expectations and Experiences with Record Clearance.” Punishment & Society 19:1, 23 – 52. doi: 10.1177/1462474516645688