Academic Director, Pitzer in Ontario Program
Associate Professor of Environmental Analysis
On leave/sabbatical Fall ’16
With Pitzer Since: 2002
Field Group: Environmental Analysis / Urban Studies
Campus Address: Scott Hall 232
MA, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
BA, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Operation Fly Trap: Gangs, Drugs, and Law. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 2012.
“Tattoo Removal: Three Snapshots” [three poems with accompanying images], Visual Anthropology Review, vol. 27, no. 2 (fall 2011).
Brief of Academics on Gang Behavior as Amici Curiae in support of Petitioner Albert W. Florence in Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Burlington, et al., No. 10-945, the Supreme Court of the United States, 2011. Topic: strip-searching and gang tattoos. Cited in dissenting opinion with seven additional gang scholars.
“US High Court’s Broken Windows” op-ed, Le Monde Diplomatique, April 13, 2012. With David Brotherton.
“La Storia de Gallo: La Importancia Social del Tatuaje en la Vida de un Pandillero Chicano,” Tinta y Carne, Morin, Edgar and Alfredo Nateras, eds., Cultura contra Cultura: Mexico D.F., 2009.
“Notes from the Margins: Graffiti, Community and Environment in Los Angeles,” Journal of the West, vol. 48, no. 2 (Spring 2009), “Los Angeles and the Urban West,” Kenneth Marcus ed.
“Gang/Anti-Gang Strategic Networks,” Bret, Bernard, Philippe Gervais-Lambony, Claire Hancock and Frederic Landy, eds., Justice et Injustices Spatiales. Presses Universitaires de Paris Ouest, 2010.
Selected Conference Presentations and Invited Talks
“Old Threats, New Guises: Securocratic Wars and the Production of Difference in the Americas,” panel discussant, 110th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Montreal, Quebec, November 16-20, 2011.
“The Gang-Drug Nexus: Ethnography, Rhetoric, and Suppression,” paper presented at the Soros Justice Fellows Meeting, Open Society Institute, Miami, FL, July 2011.
Selected Awards, Grants and Honors
In 2007-08, Professor Phillips was awarded a Soros Justice Media fellowship. As part of her fellowship, Phillips completed Operation Fly Trap: Gangs, Drugs and the Law, a book examining how federal policies directed at combating drugs and gangs actually generate and sustain the conditions that perpetuate poverty, crime and violence in communities of color.