Jessica Calvanico is a doctoral candidate at University of California, Santa Cruz in the Feminist Studies Department, with emphases in visual studies and anthropology. Her research considers the legal and visual making of girlhood at the turn of the twentieth century by exploring how histories of sexuality, race, and class converge to create criminal and carceral girlhood. Specifically, her dissertation explores Southern girls’ reformatories and the historical foundations of the juvenile justice system in New Orleans. Currently, she is the Diane Woest Fellow of the Arts and Humanities at the Historic New Orleans Collection.
B.A. Anthropology, The George Washington University, 2008
M.A. Social Sciences, University of Chicago, 2009
M.A. Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2016
PhD Candidate, Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, ABD