Justin Strong, Ph.D.

Spartan SpiritAssistant Professor





Contact Information:

Email: justin.strong@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-2948
Office: MH 528

Summer Session Advising: see Academic Advising page of the JS website.  Fall Advising Hours: TBA


About Dr. Justin Strong

Justin Strong is an Assistant Professor of Justice Studies whose work broadly engages critical theory, punishment, and legal violence. He received his Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. Justin’s current research project focuses on the prison healthcare crisis in the state of Arizona, which he uses to interrogate processes of social abandonment and the law’s failure to redress suffering. Justin also researches issues pertaining to solitary confinement, prisoner mortality/morbidity, and disability justice.

Areas of Interest:

  • Critical theories of punishment
  • Prisoner civil rights
  • Law and sovereignty

Recent Publications:

Strong, J. D. (2022). Extraction without reserve: The case of Arizona’s penal care regime. Punishment & Society, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/14624745221128866

Sykes, B., and Strong, J.D. (2022). Disability Policy in a Global Context. In Brown, Maroto, and Pettinicchio (Eds). The oxford handbook on the sociology of disability. Oxford University Press.

Sykes, B.L., Chavez, E., and Strong, J. (2021). Mass incarceration and inmate mortality in the United States – death by design? JAMA Netw Open 4(12). doi:10.1001. Editorial commentary.

Strong, J. D., Reiter, K., Gonzalez, G., Tublitz, R., Augustine, D., Barragan, M., Chesnut, K., Dashtgard, P., Piffer, N., and Blair T.R. (2020). The body in isolation: The physical health impacts of incarceration in solitary confinement. PLOS ONE 15(10): e0238510. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0238510