Leslie Jones is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a 2017-18 Mellon Graduate Fellow at the Price Lab for Digital Humanities.
Leslie specializes in race and gender intersectionality, social movements, and new media. She received her BA from Princeton in 2009, also in sociology, with a minor in African American Studies. She is also a graduate of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program, and served as the graduate coordinator for the MMUF program at Bryn Mawr College from 2014 to 2016.
In addition to her research, Leslie is active as a student leader and mentor. She is serving in her second year as the President of the Black Graduate and Professional Student Assembly. Additionally, she is the Deputy for the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access and Leadership (IDEAL) Committee in the graduate student government.
Leslie is committed to ethical social inquiry grounded in critical and reflexive scientific methods. She is also deeply invested in social justice and the liberation of marginalized people. To that end, she uses her platform to amplify the voices of marginalized people in pursuit of equality and to challenge the exclusion and erasure of the perspectives of Black women in academia.