William Armaline is an assistant professor in the Department of Justice Studies at San Jose State University working primarily in the fields of sociology, education, and human rights. His areas of interest include sustainable political economic and ecological theory, critical race theory and anti-racism, critical pedagogy and transformative education, critical ethnography, inequality and youth, prison abolition, and drug policy reform. His recent publications include: (1) Human Rights in Our Own Backyard: Injustice and Resistance in the United States (2011, UPenn. Press); (2) “What Will States Really Do for Us? The Human Rights Enterprise and Pressure from Below” (2009, Societies Without Borders, 4(3): 430-451); (3) Works on political economy, critical pedagogy, and transformative education in Accumulation of Freedom: Writings on Anarchist Economics (2012, AK Press), Contemporary Anarchist Studies (2009, Routledge), and Academic Repression (2009, AK Press). Dr. Armaline is currently in contract with Polity Press for a second book on the Political Sociology of Human Rights, and will serve as Director of the new Minor in Human Rights at San Jose State University beginning in Fall 2012.
Image isn’t everything: Contemporary systemic racism and anti-racism in the age of Obama (with S Ostertag), Humanity and Society (2011)
In order to be properly addressed or assessed, racism must be appropriately and consistently defined....
Toward a more unified libertarian left (with D Shannon), Theory in Action (2010)
In this introduction we briefly sketch out some of the similarities between Marxism and anarchism,...
What will states really do for us? The human rights enterprise and pressure from below (with D S. Glasberg), Societies Without Borders (2009)
International human rights standards and treaties have been plagued with disputes over the relevance and...
Revisiting deviance and its relevance: A conceptual history and some recent applications in discussions of violence and institutional social control (Review Essay), Symbolic Interactions (2007)
‘Kids need structure’: Negotiating rules, power, and social control in an emergency youth shelter, American Behavioral Scientist (2005)
This study illuminates aspects of social life within agencies designed to house homeless adolescents through...
Human Rights in Our Own Backyard: Injustice and Resistance in the US, Books Authored by SJSU Faculty (2011)
"An accessible and highly readable collection that pulls together a wide range of information and...
Contribution to Books
Education’s diminishing returns and revolutionary potential in the U.S. and beyond (with W D. Armaline), Accumulation of Freedom: Writings on Anarchist Economics (2012)
Caging kids of color: Juvenile justice and human rights in the US, Human rights in our own backyard: injustice, and resistance in the US (2011)
Human rights in the US: The “gold standard” and the human rights enterprise (with B Purkayastha and D S. Glasberg), Human rights in our own backyard: injustice, and resistance in the US (2011)
Introduction: In our own backyard (with D S. Glasberg and B Purkayastha), Human Rights in our own backyard: injustice, and resistance in the US (2011)
A working class student is something to be: Anarchist reflections on the academy (with D Shannon), Academic repression: Reflections on the academic industrial complex (2010)
Review essay, The Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation. PM press: www.pmpress.org, www.politicalmediareview.org. (with D Bramlett.) (2009)
Review essay. Venezuela: Revolution from the Inside Out. PM press: www.pmpress.org, www.politicalmediareview.org. (with D Bramlett) (2009)
Forensic Science and Human Rights, 2011 Forensic Science Educational Conference (2011)
Perceptions of State Authority Across Race, Class, and Immigration Status in the East Bay (with Damian Bramlett, Amy Wyld-Tracy, and Mark Correia), American Society of Criminologists [ASC] Annual Conference (2010)
Role of Forensic DNA in Human Rights, Mass Disaster and War Crime Investigations (with Steve Lee, Ed Huffine, and Mary Juno), American Society of Criminologists [ASC] Annual Conference (2010)
Perceptions of State Authority Across Race, Class, and Immigration Status in the East Bay (with Damian Bramlett and Amy Wyld-Tracy), Justice Studies Association Annual Meeting (2010)
Immigrant Attitudes Toward Police Authority in the East Bay (with Mark Correia), San Jose State University Conference on Immigration at Asilomar Conference Center (2010)
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The Human Rights Enterprise, Books by SJSU Authors (2014)
This book presents a framework for understanding human rights as a terrain of struggle over...