Ericka Adams, Ph.D.

uguAssistant Professor,

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

MacQuarrie Hall 528

Phone: 408.924.3339


Office Hours


Professor BIO

Ericka B. Adams, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice Studies at San José State University.  Dr. Adams has published in the areas of crime and deviance in Trinidad and Tobago, crime control strategies implemented within underprivileged neighborhoods, as well as female substance abuse.  Her current research interests center on the impact of violence on communities in Trinidad and Tobago, the exclusionary practices that accompany a criminal record, and whether criminal expungement transforms the lives of those who have been previously incarcerated. 


Areas of Specialization

Crime and Deviance in Caribbean Communities; Impact of Criminal Justice Policies on Citizen’s Lived Experiences


Selected Publications

Chen, E. Y., and Adams, E. B. (2017). “‘I’ve Risen Up from the Ashes that I Created’: Record Clearance and Gendered Narratives of Self-Reinvention and Reintegration.” Feminist Criminology. First published online. doi: 10.1177/1557085117733796

Adams, E. B., Chen, E. Y., and Chapman, R. (2017). “Erasing the Mark of a Criminal Past: Ex-Offenders’ Expectations and Experiences with Record Clearance.” Punishment & Society 19:1, 23 – 52. doi: 10.1177/1462474516645688

Adams, E. B. (2012). “‘We are Like Prey’: How People Negotiate a Violent Community in Trinidad and Tobago.” Race and Justice 2:4, 274 – 303. doi: 10.1177/2153368712452434

Ullman, S. E., Najdowski, C. J., and Adams, E. B. (2012). “Women, Alcoholics Anonymous and Related Mutual Aid Groups: Review and Recommendations for Research.” Alcoholics Treatment Quarterly 30:4. doi: 10.1080/07347324.2012.718969

Vera Sanchez, C. G. & Adams, E. B. (2011). “Sacrificed on the Altar of Public Safety: The Over Policing of Latino and African American Youth.” Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 27:3, 322 – 341. doi: 10.1177/1043986211412565.