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Melissa S Jones

Assistant Professor
Sociology, Sociology

JFSB 2027
Provo, UT 84602


Melissa S. Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. She offers expertise in the fields of criminology, gender, family, and general sociology. Her research focuses on gender, crime and deviance, childhood adversity, intimate partner violence, the incarceration of women, and the impact of both trauma and abuse on criminal behaviors.

Research Interests

Gender, Deviance, and Crime
Child Adversity
Intimate Partner Violence
Incarcerated Women


  • Ph.D., Sociology , University of Oklahoma (2018)
  • M. A., Sociology , University of Oklahoma (2014)
  • B. S., Sociology , Brigham Young University-Idaho (2011)

Honors and Awards

  • Alice Mary Robertson Award, University of Oklahoma (2017 - 2017)
  • Distinction in Teaching Award, University of Oklahoma (2017 - 2017)


  • Society for the Study of Social Problems (2016 - Present)
  • American Sociological Association (2014 - Present)
  • American Society of Criminology (2013 - Present)
  • Division of Women and Crime (2013 - Present)

Courses Taught