​​​​​​Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve is an Associate Professor at The University of Delaware in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. She is the recipient of the 2014-2015 Ford Foundation Fellowship Postdoctoral Award, the 2015 New Scholar Award (co-winner) awarded by American Society of Criminology’s Division on People of Color and Crime. She is also an affiliated scholar with the American Bar Foundation. Her book, Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America's Largest Criminal Court, and her legal commentary has been featured on NBC News, MSNBC's The Rachel MaddowShow and CNN. Her recent op-ed in the New York Times entitled,"Chicago's Racist Cops and Racist Courts"shows the complicity of the criminal courts in the racist culture of policing and injustice in Chicago. 


Her new book, "The Waiting Room," (Amazon Original Stories in partnership with the Marshall Project) examines life around the Cook County Jail and how the suffering - caused by pretrial incarceration - extends beyond the cages and into the communities.  

Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve

Scholar of Race, Law and Criminal Justice