Welcome!


_mg_0227In 2017, I joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University, where I am  the Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Political Science and Sociology. Prior to that, I was a tenured professor at Yale University and assistant professor at the University of Virginia. 
I received my PhD in Government and Social Policy from the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality at Harvard University.

My research aims to better understand the causes and consequences of racial inequality in the United States, how state policies and institutions shape political life and identity, and especially the effects of increasing punishment and surveillance in America on democratic inclusion. I have served on the Harvard/NIJ Executive Session on Community Corrections, the Center for Community Change’s Good Jobs for All initiative, and the APSA Presidential Taskforce on Racial Inequality in the Americas.  In 2017, I was an Andrew Carnegie Fellow.

I am currently working on a new book based on the Portals Policing Project.  My research and writing has been supported by fellowships from the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Public Voices Project, and the Brookings Institution.    

Email:  vesla@jhu.edu  Twitter: @VeslaWeaver