Jennifer Tilton is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work combines urban anthropology, geography, history and public policy to understand childhood, space and the criminal justice system. Her book, Dangerous or Endangered: Race and the Politics of Youth in Urban America (2010) explores stories and struggles of activists in Oakland California to shed light on two broad questions that face the American nation: Why does the U.S. tolerate such inequalities in children’s lives? And what kind of politics would be required to create equal opportunity childhoods?
Jen Tilton’s on-going teaching and research has three main focuses that have emerged out of community-collaborations she has forged within the diverse communities of the Inland Empire:
Previous Teaching Experience:
Yale University, Lecturer, Yale College and Sociology Department (2006-2007)
Wesleyan University, Visiting Assistant Professor Anthropology and African American Studies (2004-2006)
Relevant Work Experience:
Dangerous and Endangered youth: Race and the Politics of Childhood in Urban America. (Forthcoming 2010).
“Stop the SuperJail for Kids: Youth Activism to Reclaim Childhood in the Juvenile Justice System” and “Youth Uprising: Gritty Youth Leadership Development and Communal Transformation” in Children, Youth and Social Work in Transformation: Implications for Policy and Practice, edited by Lynn Nybell, Jeff Shook and Janet Finn. (Columbia University Press, 2009).
“Ain’t No Power Like the Power of the Youth” Anthropology News October 2007.
“’Saving Our Sons’: the Criminalization of Black Boys and Dilemmas of Black Politics.” American Anthropological Association (November 2007).
Youth Voices and Youth Activism: Transforming the public sphere, panel organizer and discussion participant at American Studies Association (October 2006).
“Youth Politics in a Neoliberal City.” Paper presentation and panel organizer for Youth in an Uncertain Age: subjectivity, politics and neo-liberal governmentality at Society for Anthropology of North America Meeting (April 2006).
“Whose Streets? Youth Race and the Politics of Space in Oakland California.” Paper presentation and panel organizer for Contested Spaces of Youth: Remaking public and private space in late capitalism. American Anthropology Association Meeting (December 2005).
“Dangerous and Endangered Children: Redrawing and Contesting the Spatial and Legal Boundaries of Urban Childhoods.” Rutgers University Seminar Rethinking Childhood (March 2005).
“Potential Thugs and Potential Gangsters: Interpreting the Meaning of Youth in City Streets.” Urban History Conference (October 2004).
“Dangerous and Endangered Children: Shaping Politics and Policy-making around Youth Crime in Oakland, California.” Yale Working Group on Ethnography and Public Policy (March 2004).
“The Sideshow: Cruising, Hip Hop and Youth Struggles over Urban Space in Oakland, California.” Yale Ethnography and Social Theory Colloquium (December 2002).
“Dangerous Youth, Late Capitalism & the Local Contestations over the retrenchments of the Neo-Liberal State.” American Studies Association Conference (November 2002).
“Disciplining Youth: Black Nostalgia and Targeted Racial Profiling.” American Anthropological Association Conference (November 2002).
“Dangerous Youth, Fear and Public Policies: a Critique of Public Health Approaches to Youth Violence.” Yale University 1st Annual Medical Anthropology Conference (April 2002).
“Bus Lines Blurring the Boundary between Dangerous and Endangered Youth.” Great Lakes American Studies Conference (March 2001).
”Ain’t No Power Like the Power of the Youth: Youth Activism Against the Criminalization of Youth in California.” Youth Popular Culture Conference (February 2001).
Innovative Teaching Award, University of Redlands (2008-2009)
Fellow at Rutgers University Center for Children and Childhood Studies Seminar, Rethinking Childhood in the Twenty-First Century (2004)
Rackham Dissertation Writing Grant (2003)
Non-Profit and Public Organizations and Management doctoral research grant (2002-2003)
Visiting Fellow Michigan International Institute Seminar on Contested Childhoods (2001-2002)
Mellon Dissertation Writing Grant (2000-2001)
Mellon Pre-Dissertation Grant (1998)