William Armaline

William ArmalineAssociate Professor,

Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences



William Armaline is the founder of the Human Rights Minor Program, Director of the Human Rights Collaborative (emergent research/policy Institute), and an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences [SISS] at San José State University. His formal training and professional experience spans sociology, education, and human rights. Dr. Armaline’s interests, applied work, and scholarly publications address social problems as they relate to political economy, environmental sustainability, racism and anti-racist action, critical pedagogy and transformative education, inequality and youth, mass incarceration, and drug policy reform.

In 2019, Dr. Armaline and the emergent institute will continue their work in the areas of drug policy reform, housing and homelessness, immigrant rights, and democratic eco-socialism.

Follow his work and all things Human Rights at SJSU on Twitter: @SJSUHumanRights

Select Publications

W. Armaline. Public education against neoliberal capitalism: Strategies and opportunities. In Shannon, D. and J. Galle (Eds.), Interdisciplinary Approaches to Pedagogy and Place-Based Education (2017, Palgrave-Macmillan).

W. Armaline, D. Glasberg, and B. Purkayastha. The Human Rights Enterprise: Political sociology, state power, and social movements (2015, Polity Press).

W. Armaline, C. Vera Sanchez, and M. Correia. “The Biggest Gang in Oakland: Rethinking police legitimacy” (2014, Contemporary Justice Review).