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About William T. Armaline

William Armaline is an associate 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.


Present Assistant Professor, Department of Justice Studies, San Jose State University

Curriculum Vitae


  • JS 201, Justice and Social Theory
  • JS 212, Local and Global Perspectives on Human Rights
  • JS 179, Human Rights Practicum and Seminar
  • JS 25, Introduction to Human Rights and Justice
  • JS 132, Race, Gender, Inequality, and the Law
  • JS 171, Human Rights and Justice: An Interdisciplinary Exploration
  • JS 111, Special Topics: Introduction to Human Rights
  • JS 122, Drugs and Society
  • JS 189, Senior Seminar in Justice Studies
  • JS 184, Independent Readings/Study in Justice Studies: Anti Terrorism from Multiple Perspectives
  • JS 181, Senior Internship in Justice Studies
  • JS 206, Graduate Seminar on Juvenile Justice
  • JS 120, Juvenile Justice
  • JS 101, Critical Issues and Ideas in Justice


2007 PhD, University of Connecticut ‐ Sociology
2002 MA, University of Connecticut ‐ Sociology
1999 BA, University of Toledo ‐ Sociology

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Articles (10)

Books (4)

Forthcoming Articles, Book Chapters, and Manuscripts (1)

Published Workshops, Policy Reports, and Mainstream Media Publications (6)

Contribution to Books (9)