Jasmine Olivier


Dr. Jasmine Nicole Olivier is a Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Her research sits at the intersection of urban poverty and inequality, housing instability, and criminal justice. Olivier is a mixed-methods, community-facing researcher with a passion for action-oriented research aimed at producing substantive change for communities experiencing economic, social and racial injustice.

Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Olivier was a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University where she conducted original, mixed-methods research on public safety, community control, and policing in Boston public housing. In this role, she conducted semi-structured interviews, ethnography, archival, and police administrative research with diverse public safety stakeholders, including police officers, social service providers, public housing staff and residents. In addition, she served as a Visiting Research Science Fellow at the Center for Policing Equity and serves as Senior Research Advisor to Campaign Zero, a nonprofit committed to ending police violence.

Olivier holds a PhD and a Master of Arts in Sociology from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and French from Vanderbilt University.

PhD in Sociology, Harvard University

MA in Sociology, Harvard University

BA in Sociology and French, Vanderbilt University

Olivier, J. (2019). Beyond the badge: Empathy as the essence of community policing. Paper presented at the Ford Foundation Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) conference in New York, NY, and the Association of Black Sociologists (ABS) conference in New York, NY.

Olivier, J. (2018). Community policing in Boston: An analysis of police officer perceptions. Paper presented at the American Society of Criminologists (ASC) conference in Atlanta, GA, the Association of Black Sociologists (ABS) conference in Philadelphia, PA, and the Ethnography Conference at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.


Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, Ford Foundation, 2019–2022.

Harvard Kennedy School Program in Criminal Justice grant, Harvard University, 2021.

Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative grant, Harvard University, 2021.

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies grant, Harvard University, 2020.

Boston Area Research Initiative grant, Northeastern University, 2020.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant, Fulbright Foundation, 2015–2016.

Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society, Vanderbilt University, 2012–2015.

Posse Foundation Leadership scholarship, Vanderbilt University, 2011–2015.

Olivier, J. (2020, October 2). What legislators can learn from a Boston public housing development. The Boston Globe.

Olivier, J., Clair, M., & Denis, J. (2019). Racism. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology.