Joss Greene

Joss Greene Portrait

Position Title
Assistant Professor

2267 Social Science and Humanities


  • Ph.D. Sociology, Columbia University, 2021
  • M.A. Sociology, Columbia University, 2016
  • M.A. Women's & Gender Studies, Rutgers University, 2015
  • B.A. History and Gender Studies (double major), Scripps College, 2011


I look at the material force of gender classification, how race shapes gender regulation, and how people challenge regulatory institutions individually and collectively. I have examined these topics through research on transgender people's experiences with prisons, parole boards, reentry housing, community-based nonprofits, and workplaces. I have published or forthcoming work in the American Journal of Sociology, Signs: The Journal of Women & Culture, Social Problems, Theoretical Criminology, and Theory & Society, among other journals. I am currently writing a book about contestation over gender boundaries in California prisons from the 1940’s through 2018, and working on a community-engaged research project about activism during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Research Focus

Gender & Sexuality; Race & Ethnicity; Punishment; Organizations; Social Movements


  • Greene, Joss. 2023. “The Insurgent Agency of Incarcerated Trans Women of Color.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 48(4):873–96. doi: 10.1086/724237.
  • Greene, Joss. 2023. “Gender Bound: Making, Managing, and Navigating Prison Gender Boundaries, 1941–2018.” American Journal of Sociology 128(4):993–1030. doi: 10.1086/723433.
  • Greene, Joss, and Isaac Dalke. 2020. “‘You’re Still an Angry Man’: Parole Boards and Logics of Criminalized Masculinity.” Theoretical Criminology. doi: 10.1177/1362480620910222.
  • Greene, Joss T. 2019. “Categorical Exclusions: How Racialized Gender Regulation Reproduces Reentry Hardship.” Social Problems 66(4):548–63. doi: 10.1093/socpro/spy023.


  • Publication Award for Significant Contributions to Applied and Public Sociology, ASA Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology, 2022
  • Research Justice at the Intersections Scholar, Mills College, 2021-2022
  • Arlene Kaplan Daniels Paper Award for the best paper on women and social justice, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2020
  • Dr. Devon T. Wade Mentorship and Service Award, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Columbia University, 2019
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Center for Engaged Scholarship, 2018-2019
  • Charles Tilly Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarship, Sociology Department, Columbia University, 2017