Jill Leovy

Jill Leovy

Fellow in Sociology
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Jill Leovy is an independent researcher and nonfiction writer whose interests are violence, personal conflict and dispute resolution. She is the author of “Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America” (Spiegel & Grau, 2015), an analysis of urban homicide based on a decade of reporting on crime and policing. The book was a New York Times bestseller, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and winner of the Ridenhour Prize for truth-telling and the PEN Center USA's research nonfiction prize, among other honors. Her upcoming book, to be published by Penguin/Random House, examines the role of quarrels, personal antagonism and dispute resolution in human society. Its focus is the anthropology and history of small-scale violence – fighting, feuding, killing, ostracism and lynching -- and its relevance to urban violence and policing. She is interested in communal justice, revenge, the dynamics of impunity, and the blurred spaces between law and outlawry in which informal modes of organization arise. A former Los Angeles Times journalist, her work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and The American Scholar.

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