Ericka Adams, Ph.D.

Dr. Ericka Adams

Associate Professor,
Graduate Coordinator

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago; Chicago, IL

Curriculum Vitae


Ericka B. Adams, Ph.D., is an Associate 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.



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



MH 527


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Selected Publications

Adams, E. B., (2019). Police legitimacy in Trinidad and Tobago: Resident perceptions in a high crime community. Journal of Crime and Justice. First published online. doi:10.1080/0735648X.2019.1582350

Adams, E. B., Morris, P. K., and Maguire, E. R. (2018). Impact of gangs on community life in Trinidad. Race and Justice. First published online.doi: 10.1177/2153368718820577

Adams, E. B., and Vera Sanchez, C. G. (2018). Murder in a twin island paradise: Trends and strategies implemented to address criminal homicide in Trinidad and Tobago. In Deflem, M. (Ed.). Homicide and Violent Crime (Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance, Volume 23).Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.

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.