Jason Williams

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Aside from doing research for the academic audience, Dr. Jason 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. He has also been quoted in notable news outlets such as North Jersey, The San Francisco Chronicle, Newsweek, and other outlets. 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 co-editor of Black Males and the Criminal Justice System, recently published by Routledge. In addition to having conducted on-the-ground critical ethnographic research in Ferguson MO and Baltimore MD following the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, he is continuing this research in Newark NJ where a consent decree has been installed. Dr. Williams also engages qualitative research around those returning home from prison. More broadly, 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 recently served as the secretary/treasurer for the Division on People of Color and Crime within the ASC. He has also served on various committees within the ASC and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. 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 like Old Dominion University, Augustana College, Virginia State University, Yale University, and others. He also has experience in conducting new program reviews and evaluations.

Research interests

Race, ethnicity and crime, criminological/criminal justice theory, critical criminology, critical policing, social control, criminal justice policy, qualitative methods, and the sociology of knowledge. 

Scholarly Interests

Black Lives Matter movement, race, ethnicity and crime, criminal justice policy, and policing.


Current Issues in Policing, Perspectives on Justice Studies, and Selected Topics in Justice Studies.

Faculty/Media Expert

Expert on the Black Lives Matter movement, race, ethnicity and crime, criminal justice policy, and policing.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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