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
- Justice Studies and Social Movements
- Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
- 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.