Jill Weinberg

Assistant Professor

Contact Info:
Tufts University
Department of Sociology
Eaton Hall 116
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.2469
Fax: 617.627.3097
Email Professor

Ph.D., M.A. Northwestern University; M.A., University of Chicago; J.D., Seattle University School of Law; B.A., B.S., Boston University

Crime, Law, Deviance; Sports; the Body; Research Methods

Biography and Interests
Jill D. Weinberg is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and an affiliated scholar at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, IL. She joined Tufts University after serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor at DePaul University.

She is a scholar who examines the decriminalization through social process, focusing on the ways groups use rules, norms, and the language of consent and choice. Her first book, Consensual Violence: Sex, Sports, and the Politics of Injury (University of California Press 2016), examines how two groups that willingly engage in seemingly violent activities — mixed-martial arts and sexual sadomasochism -- enact elaborate law-like rules to organize themselves and to demonstrate their legitimacy to a broader public. Her second book project is a cross-country comparison of assisted death and the ways terminally ill people, their loved ones, and medical professionals navigate laws that proscribe or permit aid-in-dying.

Her second research stream emerges from the "Contested Constructions of Discrimination Project" funded by the American Bar Foundation. This project uses experimental research design and semi-structured interviews to compare how ordinary people and trial judges define employment discrimination.

She is widely published in peer-review journals such as Sociological Science, Sociological Methods & Research, and Law & Social Inquiry. Popular accounts of her work have appeared in the Advocate, the Huffington Post, Talking Points Memo, Truthout, and the Society Pages.

In her free time, she is an avid runner and enjoys hanging out with her pugs.

Selected Publications
Jill D. Weinberg, Consensual Violence: Sex, Sports, and the Politics Injury (University of California Press 2016).

Jill D. Weinberg, "What is Sexual Harassment: An Empirical Study of Perceptions of Ordinary People and Judges," Saint Louis Public Law Review, 2017.

Jill D. Weinberg, "The Social Construction of Consent." Published as a white paper on The Society Pages, January 5, 2015.

Jill D. Weinberg, Jeremy Freese, and David McElhattan, "A Comparison of Demographics, Data Quality, and Experimental Results of Online Population-Based and Crowdsource Samples." Sociological Science 1:292-310 (2014).

Jill D. Weinberg and Laura Beth Nielsen, "Examining Empathy: Discrimination, Experience, and Judicial Decision-Making." Southern California Law Review 85:313-51 (2012).