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William G. Martin


William Martin's research and teaching focus on justice systems, the study of Africa and the modern world, and social movements. His most recent courses have been on the world-wide growth of criminal justice systems, social justice and prison abolition movements, and the relation of Europe and America to Africa and people of African descent; his most recent publications include essays on criminal justice reforms, especially in New York State; southern Africa; social justice movements, and the history of the study of Africa and people of African descent.


  • PhD, MS, Binghamton University
  • BA, University of Michigan

Research Interests

  • Justice Studies and Social Movements


  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

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Selected Publications:

  • After Prisons? Freedom, Decarceration, and Justice Disinvestment. Co-edited with Joshua Price. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016.
  • 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.

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae