Jamie Gates, Ph.D.

Director of the Center for Justice & Reconciliation
Professor of Sociology

Dr. Jamie Gates, cultural anthropologist and director of Point Loma Nazarene University’s Center for Justice & Reconciliation, co-leads the groundbreaking research project “Measuring the Extent and Nature of Gang Involvement in Sex Trafficking in the San Diego/Tijuana Border Region” (2013-16). He co-chairs the Research and Data Committee of the San Diego County Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and CSEC. He founded and directs the Human Trafficking Research and Data Advisory Roundtable (HT-RADAR) for San Diego County. He led the university in establishing the Beauty for Ashes Scholarship Fund for survivors of human trafficking to get their college degree. He leads an effort to design and implement a drama-based peer-to-peer human trafficking awareness training in San Diego’s middle and high schools. He serves as an expert witness on human trafficking legislation. He also serves as a faith-based organizer with regional and national faith-based organizations. His work through the CJR reveals the core of his calling, which is, in the words of the prophet Micah, to “…act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.” Gates feels called to a life that reflects the justice and reconciliation that flows from the love of God in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. In the words of the CJR’s mission statement, he is called to study poverty and oppression and to teach Christian means of social engagement. We do justice when we “let the oppressed go free, share our food with the hungry, bring the homeless poor into our homes, clothe the naked, and satisfy the needs of the afflicted.” (Isaiah 58).


  • Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology, University of Florida
  • Masters of Divinity, Nazarene Theological Seminary
  • Bachelor of Arts; Psychology, Theology; Eastern Nazarene College

Courses Taught

  • Restorative Justice – SCJ450
  • Social Problems – SOC103
  • Cultural Anthropology – SOC201
  • Race and Ethnicity – SOC360
  • African Cultures and Histories – SOC375
  • Sociology of Religion – SOC430
  • Social Change – SOC444
  • Globalization and Culture – SOC490

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Co-Chair, Research and Data, San Diego Advisory Council on Human Trafficking
  • Consultant, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries
  • Board Member, Past-President, Interfaith Center for Worker Justice

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Carpenter, Ami and Jamie Gates (2016).  Measuring the Scope and Scale Sex Trafficking and Gangs in the San Diego/Tijuana Region.  National Institute of Justice Research Report
  • Gates, Jamie and Mark Mann (2012).  Nurturing the Prophetic Imagination.  Brazos Press
  • Gates, Jamie and Jon Middendorf (2007).  Living Justice: Revolutionary Compassion in a Broken World.  Barefoot Ministries Press.