Jenna is a DPhil Candidate in Criminology at St Anne’s College, studying public perceptions of, and reactions to, police violence in the United States. Her research explores how identity and narratives of personal responsibility shape the acceptance of violent policing. She is jointly supervised by Professors Ben Bradford and Ian Loader.

In addition to her research, Jenna was Convenor of the Policing and Police Research Discussion Group. She has previously tutored on the Criminology and Criminal Justice option for final year undergraduates in law and has also written several pieces for the Centre for Criminology blog.

Prior to her DPhil, Jenna graduated with honours from the University of Texas at Austin in History and Government. She completed the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Oxford in 2015, receiving the Proxime Accessit to the Roger Hood Prize for the second-best performance in the MSc. 


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  • J, Jackson, JN Milani and B, Bradford, 'Empirical legitimacy and normative compliance with the law' in Farazmand, A (ed), Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance (Springer 2018)
    ISBN: 9783319209296
  • B, Bradford, J, Jackson and JN Milani, Police legitimacy (2 Wiley 2017)
    ISBN: 1119240751
  • JN Milani, B, Bradford and J, Jackson, 'Police violence' in Pontell, Henry N. (ed), Oxford Research Encyclopedias: Criminology & Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press 2017)
    DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190264079.013.380


Research Interests

Policing; Public Perceptions; Political Psychology 

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