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Jason Williams

Assistant Professor, Justice Studies

Dickson Hall 326
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Ph.D., Administration of Justice, Texas Southern University
M.A., Criminal Justice, New Jersey City University
B.A., Criminal Justice, New Jersey City University

Research Interests

Aside from doing research for the academic audience, Dr Williams is also involved in many public research and information forums, such as The Hampton Institution where he serves as chair of the criminal justice department. He has also published pieces at Uprooting Criminology and Truthout. Prior to joining Montclair State University, he was an assistant professor of criminal justice at Fairleigh Dickinson University. In addition, Dr. Williams has taught a variety of criminal justice and sociology courses at New Jersey City University, Texas Southern University, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

He is also co-editor of, A Critical Analysis of Race and the Administration of Justice published by Cognella. Furthermore, he currently has two forthcoming books under contract with Routledge a.) Policing and Race: A Criminological Conception of #BlackLivesMatter and b.) Black Males and the Criminal Justice System. In addition, he is also conducting on-the-ground critical ethnographic research in Ferguson MO and Baltimore MD following the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray. He has published peer-reviewed chapters and articles on matters relating to race, policing, critical criminology, and social justice.

Moreover, Dr. Williams is actively involved in the American Society of Criminology (ASC). For example, he is currently serving as the secretary/treasurer for the Division on People of Color and Crime within the ASC. In addition, he was nominated and accepted to serve on the Minority Affairs committee within the ASC too. He has served as a journal and book proposal reviewer for a dozen journals and publishers, and has served as a guest speaker in a number of venues. He also has experience with conducting new program reviews and evaluations.

Selected Publications, Presentations & Op-Eds

Williams, J., & Greene, H. T. (In press 2016). The Ideals and Vision of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Crime and Social Justice Issues. In M. L. Clemons, D. I. Brown, & W. H. Dorsey (Eds.), Public Policy and Social Development in the Post-Civil Rights Era: Through the Prism of Dr. Martin Luther King's Dream. Jackson: Oxford: University Press of Mississippi.

Williams, J. M., & Jones, C. A. (Eds.). (2015). A Critical Analysis of Race and the Administration of Justice. San Diego: Cognella Academic Press.

Williams, J. (2015). Race, Ethnicity and Juvenile Justice. In Robinson, M.B. (Ed.) Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Justice. Durham: Carolina Academic Press

Williams, J. (2014). The Prison Industrialization Complex and its Hidden Connection to White Supremacy. In R. V. Robertson (Ed.), Blacks Behind Bars: African-Americans, Policing, and the Prison Boom, Ed. 1. San Diego: Cognella.

Williams, J.M. (2016). Roundtable: Intersectionality as a pedagogical strength: Teaching the complexity of crime and social control. Presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference, Denver CO.

Williams, J.M. (2015) Panel Moderator: “Black Lives Matter?” The American Criminal Justice System. Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metro Campus, Teaneck, NJ.

Baker, D.N., Williams, J.M., & Wilson, S. (2015) The Impact of Racism on the Media and Crime Nexus. Presented at the American Society of Criminology Conference, Washington, DC.

Williams, J.M. & Wilson, S. (2015). Race, Social Control, and Colonial Criminology. Presented at the American Society of Criminology Conference, Washington, DC.

Williams, J.M (2015). Confronting Ferguson through the Criminological Imagination. Presented at the American Society of Criminology Conference, Washington, DC.

Williams, J. (2015, Aug) Doing Ferguson and Baltimore at the Intersection of Racial Oppression and Hopelessness. Uprooting Criminology: Reprinted on Hampton Institution: Reprinted on Truthout

Williams, J. (2015, May) On the Unasked Question of Morality in Police Shootings of Black Bodies.

Williams, J. (2014, Dec 22). “The Hunger Games”-ification of US Police and the Community. Truthout.

Williams, J. (2014, Oct 24). Policing the Blacks: Ferguson and Past Histories. Hampton Institution. Reprinted on Truth Out:


His areas of specialization are race, ethnicity and crime, criminological/criminal justice theory, critical criminology, critical policing, social control, criminal justice policy, qualitative methods, and the sociology of knowledge.

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Research Projects

Contemporary Ethical Issues in the Criminal Justice System (First Edition)

Contemporary Ethical Issues in the Criminal Justice System steps away from the conventional theoretical frameworks and sociohistorical foundations of criminal justice ethics to focus on the practical problems and controversies that regularly occur within the criminal justice system. Designed to be concise yet comprehensive, the book helps students understand and interpret practical realities within ethical contexts.

Students will learn about topical issues such as racial disparities within the system and community-oriented justice. They will explore practices in policing and training, mass incarceration, and the war on drugs. They will become familiar with the intersection of criminal justice and sociological issues through chapters on gender and family issues and mental health. All chapters begin with an overview that breaks the topic down to make it fully accessible to readers. End-of-chapter conclusions and discussion questions are designed to support retention and encourage critical thinking.

Featuring high-interest, real-world examples Contemporary Ethical Issues in the Criminal Justice System provides much needed information and insight for students interested in careers as criminal justice professionals. The book is well-suited to courses in criminal justice issues and ethics.

African Americans and punishment for crime: A critique of mainstream and neoliberal discourses

Understandings of punishment within the criminological enterprise have failed to capture the nuances associated with experiencing punishment. Moreover, mainstream academic discourses are inherently anachronistic in their conclusions on punishment, thus leaving significant gaps to be filled. One such gap is that of racialized history. This article attempts to make sense of punishment discourses (past and present) by situating them in their proper context. We argue that punishment, in particular for Blacks, is ideological and longstanding. Moreover, we posit that the prolonged punishment of Blacks is hypermanifested in contemporary society via neoliberal logics that have increasingly disabled race as a central focal point in punishment discourses (in both political and academic contexts). We use established literature to bolster arguments and conclude with suggestions for future research.

Race and Justice Outcomes: Contextualizing Racial Discrimination and Ferguson

While scores of literature may hint at the tumultuous relationship between the criminal justice system and Blacks, such literature, however, fail to assess, comprehensively, the intersectional purpose of present criminal justice processes and race. This paper will examine contemporary applications of justice along racial lines. It is argued that current justice outcomes are advantageous to the status quo. It is no secret that the American system of justice has a race problem; however, if the goal is to administer justice then, as this paper argues, the current system needs to be seriously examined and rebuilt. The paper also argues that the criminal justice system is purposely selective, undemocratic, and contributes to the creation of criminal casting at the behest of white supremacy. A brief analysis of the Department of Justice’s report on Ferguson is used to articulate the arguments. Implications for future research are considered.

A Critical Analysis of Race and the Administration of Justice

The anthology A Critical Analysis of Race and the Administration of Justice offers historical and contemporary perspectives on critical issues in the administration of justice and places these issues within a variety of theoretical and sociological contexts. The book focuses on each stage of the criminal justice system—police, courts, and corrections—and examines the way justice is administered differently to certain groups within the overall population.

A Critical Analysis of Race and the Administration of Justice begins with a piece written in 1941 that explores the ways in which societal responses to crime were influenced by abuses of police powers and differential treatment of African-Americans in the court system. As the reading selections progress through the next seventy years and more, students will learn about contemporary race and justice topics such as public opinion, sentencing and youth incarceration.

Designed to encourage critical thinking and stimulate dialogue, A Critical Analysis of Race and the Administration of Justice, is ideal for introductory criminal justice classes, and those that deal with issues of race, gender, and crime.