Assistant Professor, Justice Studies
Gabriela Gonzalez is an Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at SJSU. Dr. Gonzalez received her PhD in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine. Her research is focused on the nature and impact of punishment and inequality in the United States. Specifically, her work analyzes experiences of confinement, both physical forms such as incarceration, solitary confinement, and immigration detention, and non-physical forms including checkpoints and legal barriers that block access to services, as well as the consequences of punishment for not only the individual, but the entire family. Dr. Gonzalez's current work examines the layered and varied ways by which immigration enforcement policy and practice influence the lived experiences of US-citizens in mixed-immigration- status families, with a particular emphasis on children with undocumented parents.