Daanika Gordon

Daanika Gordon

Braker Hall
Research/Areas of Interest: Race and Ethnicity; Criminology, Law, and Social Control; Urban Sociology; Research Methods


  • PhD, Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA, 2018
  • MS, Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA, 2013
  • BA, Development Studies, University of California–Berkeley, USA, 2009
  • BA, Sociology, University of California–Berkeley, USA, USA, 2009


Daanika Gordon is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2018.

Daanika's research explores the intersections of race, space, and the law. Her current project analyzes the relationships between racial segregation and policing. Using several data sources, including ethnographic observation of police work, she describes how the police respond to and shape unequal urban landscapes. In previous projects, Daanika has studied how racial typifications of neighborhoods permeate individuals' daily mobility patterns and how institutional practices in a drug court impact clients' pathways through the program. Her research has appeared in journals including Sociological Perspectives, Socius, and The South Carolina Law Review.