Dr. Jessica Evans
Areas of Expertise:
political economy and historical sociology; sociology of the state; socio-legal studies; prisons and penology; settler colonial studies
My research examines the role of carceral regulation in the political economy of state formation, primarily in Canada. I am interested in how practices of policing and punishment have been, and continue to be, mobilized to both generate and shape settler-state structures and conventions of the ‘deserving’ citizen. My most recent project is entitled "Prisoners’ Rights and Wellbeing: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic" funded by a SSHRC Partnership Engage grant ($24,350). My research centres community-engaged methods, with a particular focus on the inclusion of criminalized persons as research collaborators.
Community & Professional Service:
- Co-founder and Organizer with the Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project, external link, opens in new window
- 2017-2018 Systemic Advocate and Researcher with The Empowerment Council, external link, opens in new window
Evans, J. 2021. Mediating Capitalism’s ‘Rules of Reproduction’ with Historical Agency: Political Marxism, Uneven and Combined Development and Settler-Capitalism in Canada., external link Historical Materialism 29(3): 153-174.
Evans, J. 2021. Penal Nationalism in the Settler Colony: On the Construction and Maintenance of ‘National Whiteness’ in Settler Canada., external link Punishment & Society 23(4): 515-535.
Evans, J. 2021. Crisis, Capital Accumulation and the ‘Crimmigration’ Fix in the Aftermath of the Global Slump., external link Citizenship Studies.
Evans, J. and L. Costa. 2020. Women’s Forensic Mental Health Care: The Need for Gender-Based Analysis., external link Canadian Journal of Disability Studies 9(3): 52-77.
Evans, J. 2016. The Uneven and Combined Development of Class Forces: Migration as Combined Development., external link Cambridge Review of International Affairs 29(3): 1061-1073.
Evans, J. 2010. The Neoliberal Turn in the SADC: Regional Integration and Disintegration., external link, opens in new window Nokoko 2(1): 97-124.
Evans, J. Forthcoming. "The Carceral Production of Citizenship in an Uneven and Combined World" in Revisiting the Mode of Production: Controversies over Labour, Exploitation and the Historiographies of Capitalism, edited by S. Jokubas and K. Valadbaygi. Haymarket Books, Chicago.
Evans, J. 2022. "Crisis, Capital Accumulation and the ‘Crimmigration’ Fix in the Aftermath of the Global Slump" in A World Without Cages: Bridging Immigration and Prison Justice,, external link, opens in new window edited by S. Aiken and S. Silverman. Routledge, NY.
Evans, J., A. Fricker and R. Hoilett. 2022. "We Keep Each Other Safe: Organizing for Prison Abolition during a Pandemic" in Disarm, Defund, Dismantle: Police Abolition in Canada,, external link, opens in new window edited by S. Pasternak, K. Walby and A. Stadnyk. Between the Lines Books, Toronto.
Evans, J. 2019. The Neoliberal Turn in the SADC: Regional Integration and Disintegration. Reprinted in Africa Matters: Cultural Politics, Political Economies & Grammars of Protest,, external link, opens in new window edited by B. Rutherford and P. Adesanmi. Daraja Press, Wakefield, QC.
Evans, J. 2018. “Colonialism(s), Race, and the Transition to Capitalism in Canada” in Case Studies in the Origins of Capitalism, external link (pp. 191-213), edited by C. Post and X. LaFrance. Palgrave Macmillan.
Evans, J. 2016. “Rejecting the ‘Staples’ Thesis and Recentring Migration: A Comparative Analysis of ‘Late Development’ in Canada and Argentina” in Historical Sociology and World History, external link (pp. 127-148), edited by A. Anievas, A. and K. Matin. Brill, London.
Mussel, L. and J. Evans. 2022. Imprisoned citizens face barriers to voting in Ontario., external link, opens in new window The Conversation.
Evans, J. and L. Mussel. 2022. How prisons are using COVID-19 containment measures as a guise for torture., external link, opens in new window The Conversation.
Aquino, G., J. Evans and L. Jennings. 2021. National Day of Action: Free Them all., external link, opens in new window Spring Magazine.
Evans, J. 2020. Capitalism, Prisons and COVID-19: On ‘Surplus Labour’., external link, opens in new window Spring Magazine.
Dobson, L., J. Evans and A. Lee. 2020. Bell Let’s Talk About Disconnection and Suicides in Ontario Jails., external link, opens in new window Spring Magazine.