William G. Martin

William MartinProfessor

Office: LT 402
Office hours as posted or by appointment.
Email: wgmartin@binghamton.edu



Professor Martin's research and teaching interests include the historical construction of criminal justice systems, the formation of Africa and the modern world, and global social movements. His most recent undergraduate courses include courses on the world-wide growth of criminal justice systems, global social movements, and the relation of Europe and America to Africa and people of African descent; his most recent publications include essays on the prison industrial complex, southern Africa and the world-economy, anti-systemic movements, global black movements, and the history of the study of Africa and people of African descent. He is the coordinator of the faculty and students Decarceration Research Working Group which is preparing a monograph on decarceration in New York State

Recent Courses:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Global Criminal and Social Justice
  • Africans and the Capitalist World
  • Global Social Movements
  • Structural Inequalities

Selected Publications:


  • South Africa and the World Economy: Remaking State, Race, and Region.(Rochester: Rochester University Press, 2013)
  • From Toussaint to Tupac: the Black International Since the Age of Revolution. Co-edited with Michael West and Fanon Che Wilkins (University of North Carolina Press, September 2009).
  • Making Waves: Worldwide Social Movements, 1760-2005.  Coordinator.  Boulder, CO:  Paradigm Publishers, 2007.  Turkish translation:  Toplumsal Hareketler 1750 - 2005, Versus, 2008.
  • Out of One, Many Africas: Reconstructing the Study and Meaning of Africa. Co-edited with Michael West. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1999.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • "Militarising—and Marginalising?—African Studies USA," (with Brendan McQuade) Review of African Political Economy, 41, 141 (2014): 1–17.
  • "South Africa and the 'New Scramble for Africa': Imperialist, Sub-imperialist, or Victim?," Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy, 2, 2 (2013): 161–188. DOI: 10.1177/2277976013493574.
  • "The Rise of African Studies (USA) and the Transnational Study of Africa," African Studies Review, 54, 1, 2011:59–83.
  • "South Africa's Subimperial Futures: Washington Consensus, Banduing Consensus, or Peoples Consensus?," African Sociological Review, 12, 1, 2008:124-134; condensed version reprinted in At Issue Ezine, AfricaFiles, 8 (May-October), 2008, http://www.africafiles.org/atissueezine.asp#art1
  • "Africa's Futures:  from North-South to East-South?," Third World Quarterly, 29, 2, March 2008, 339-56.
  • "Contours of the Black International: From Toussaint to Tupac" (with Michael O. West), pp. 1-44 in From Toussaint to Tupac:  the Black International Since the Age of Revolution, edited by Michael West, William G. Martin and Fanon Che Wilkins (University of North Carolina Press).
  • "Haiti, I’m Sorry: The Haitian Revolution and the Forging of the Black International," (with Michael O. West),  pp. 72-104 in From Toussaint to Tupac:  the Black International Since the Age of Revolution, edited by Michael West, William G. Martin and Fanon Che Wilkins (University of North Carolina Press).
  • “The Prison Industrial Complex Goes to Africa: Branch Plant or Apartheid Plant?” pp. 171-185 in Prisons and Punishment: Reconsidering Global Penality, Mechthild Nagel and Seth N. Asumah, eds., Trenton NJ: Africa World Press, 2006.
  • "World-Systems Theory," pp. 381-402 in Writing African History, John Phillips ed., University of Rochester Press, 2005.
  • “The World-Economy and the African State,” pp. 277-313 in Ricardo Laremont, ed., Borders, Nationalism, and the African State, Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2005.
Op-Eds and Public Policy Essays

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