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Editorial Board


Co-Managing Editors: Stefania De Petris and Gregory Shank

Adalberto Aguirre is a Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of California, Riverside (e-mail: He is the author of various books and articles on such topics as stratification and inequality, formal organization, sociology of education, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics. His areas of research include the use of intuitive reasoning by teachers in bilingual classrooms to identify the sociolinguistic features of students; the analysis of language use and mass media orientations in bilingual Mexican and Mexican American households; and interpretative analysis of career and educational mobility patterns of Mexican American faculty in the Southwest.

Gilberto Arriaza-Garcia teaches at the California State University, San Jose, College of Education, Leadership and Higher Education Program (e-mail: An educator and researcher by training and experience, he has been involved in school reform in the K-12 public schools system in the Bay Area, California. As part of this reform work, he has conducted extensive research around linguistic, cultural, and social issues affecting immigrant adolescents, as well as African American, Asian, and Latino children. His most recent book, with Martin L. Krovetz, is Collaborative Teacher Leadership: How Teachers Can Foster Equitable Schools (Corwin Press, 2006).

Andreana Clay is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at San Francisco State University (e-mail: She is an authority on youth culture. Her book, The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back, was published in 2013..

Alessandro De Giorgi is Associate Professor, Vice Chair and Graduate Coordinator at the Department of Justice Studies, San Jose State University. (e-mail: He received his PhD in Criminology from Keele University (United Kingdom) in 2005. Before joining the Department of Justice Studies, he was a Research Fellow in Criminology at the University of Bologna (Italy) and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley. His teaching and research interests include critical theories of punishment and social control, urban ethnography, and radical political economy. He is the author of Rethinking the Political Economy of Punishment: Perspectives on Post-Fordism and Penal Politics (Ashgate, 2006). Currently, he is conducting ethnographic research on the socioeconomic dimensions of concentrated incarceration and prisoner reentry in West Oakland, California.

Emma Fuentes is Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education, University of San Francisco (e-mail: Her areas of expertise are bilingual education, immigrants and schooling, Latino school experience, community organizing for school change, school and community partnerships, school reform, parental involvement, social and cultural theory, and participatory action research.

Susanne Jonas teaches in Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz (e-mail: She has conducted research funded by the North-South Center at the University of Miami, as well as the Chicano/Latino Research Center (CLRC) of the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her books include The Battle for Guatemala (Westview Press) and she is currently working on a book concerning the Guatemalan peace process.

Susan Roberta Katz is Associate Professor and Chair, International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco (e-mail:, where she is also Acting Director, Center for Teaching Excellence and Social Justice. She teaches courses in bilingualism and bilingual education as well as action research. A graduate of the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Education in 1994, her doctoral study on Latino middle school students won the 1996 National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE) Outstanding Dissertation Award. For many years before becoming a professor, Susan was a classroom teacher in San Francisco Unified School District and a community activist in the Bay Area around issues of peace and justice. In 2003, she was a Fulbright senior scholar in Hungary and has subsequently conducted research on the education of the Roma in Central and Eastern Europe.  Her recent writings on youth, education, and bilingual education have appeared in Teachers College Record, English Education, The Nation, and Social Justice.  In 2002, she co-edited with Cecilia O'Leary the following issue of Social Justice: New Pedagogies for Social Change (29:4).

Shabnam Koirala-Azad is Assistant Professor in the International Multicultural Education Program within the School of Education at the University of San Francisco (e-mail: Her areas of specialization are international education, globalization and transnationalism, children and families under globalization, immigration and education, social and cultural theory, comparative higher education, women of color feminism, development theory, global citizenship, and qualitative approaches to research (participatory action research, ethnography, life history methods).

Edward J. McCaughan (e-mail: is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at San Francisco State University. He has published several books on social change in Latin America, including The Famous 41: Sexuality and Social Control in Mexico and Reinventing Revolution: The Renovation of Left Discourse in Cuba and Mexico. He is latest book is entitled Art and Social Movements: Cultural Politics in Mexico and Aztlán (Duke University Press, 2012).

Margo Okazawa-Rey was formerly a Visiting Professor, Women's Studies, Mills College, and is now a research consultant, Women's Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling, Jerusalem (e-mail: She has worked in university, public school, and community settings addressing the issue of racism and other forms of oppression through activist scholarship, education, and political organizing. She is particularly interested in the problems affecting peoples of color, especially women of color. Margo's current research/ activist project is examining the effects of and organizing against violence against women and children by the U.S. military in East Asia, which also includes documenting the experiences of mixed-race children, the offspring of GIs and Asian women. She has served on various editorial boards of academic journals (Social Justice, Journal of Negro Education, Harvard Educational Review) and boards of directors of community organizations and has worked with grass-roots organizing groups in Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area. She also was Fulbright Senior Scholar in South Korea and a recipient of a Social Science Research Council grant. Among her most recent publications are Women's Lives: Multicultural Perspectives (Mt. View, CA: Mayfield Publishing, 1998), co-edited with Gwyn Kirk; Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education for K-12 and Staff Development (Washington, D.C.: Network of Educators on the Americas, 1998), co-edited with Enid Lee and Deborah Menkart; and The Encyclopedia of African American Education (Greenwich, CT: Greenwood Publishing, 1996), co-edited with Faustine Jones-Wilson, Charles Asbury, D. Kamili Anderson, Sylvia Jacobs, and Michael Fultz.

Cecilia O'Leary is Assistant Professor of History and Co-director of the Oral History and Community Memory Institute and Archive at California State University, Monterey Bay (e-mail: At CSU Monterey Bay, Professor O'Leary developed the first New Media Classroom course on U.S. multicultural history and is currently creating a course on the histories of California that brings a historical perspective to contemporary issues of race relations, immigration, and the environment. She is also the organizer of a university lecture series on multicultural issues. Her background includes being a Smithsonian Fellow and a Landmarks Scholar at the National Museum of American History. Her area of expertise is U.S. cultural history, public history, and California history. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1999, Princeton University Press published her book, To Die For: The Paradox of American Patriotism. The book explores the period between the Civil War and World War I when men and women, reactionaries and reformers, whites and blacks, statesmen and petty entrepreneurs struggled to define the meaning of national identity and loyalty. In 1998, she was Project Co-Director of an AOF grant program, "Transforming Humanities Pedagogy through Technology," and in 1999 again co-directed an AOF grant program, "New Media at the Crossroads." In 1999, she received a Huntington Fellowship to begin research on her next book project, the "Construction of Western Americanism at the Borders of Empire." Cecilia and Susan Roberta Katz edited the acclaimed issue of Social Justice entitled Pedagogies for Social Change (Vol. 29, No. 4, 2002).

Julia Oparah is a Nigerian-British zami activist and writer, now teaching at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work (e-mail: Her book, Other Kinds of Dreams: Black Women's Organisations and the Politics of Transformation (Routledge, 1998), was inspired by her involvement in the black women's movement in Britain. She is currently an organizing committee member of Critical Resistance.

Tony Platt is a Visiting Professor in Justice Studies at San Jose State University and emeritus Professor of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento (e-mail:, where he has taught since 1977. Previously, he taught at the University of California (Berkeley) and the University of Chicago. He was educated at Oxford University, where he received his B.A. degree (1960-63), and at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his doctorate in criminology (1963-66). He has been a member of the Editorial Board of Social Justice since its inception in 1974. He has published several books and many articles in the areas of U.S. history, race relations, criminology, and sociology. His first book, The Child Savers: The Invention of Delinquency (University of Chicago Press, 1969) has been translated into Italian, Spanish, and Japanese. He edited and introduced a book on The Politics of Riot Commissions, 1917-1970 (MacMillan, 1971) and co-authored books on the U.S. police. His E. Franklin Frazier Reconsidered (Rutgers University Press, 1991) is a revisionist assessment of a leading African American intellectual. His last book (with Cecilia O'Leary, Paradigm Publishers, 2006) is Bloodlines: Recovering Hitler's Nuremberg Laws, From Patton's Trophy to Public Memorial. He has published articles and essays in a wide variety of publications, including Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, Social Justice, The Annals, Contemporary Crises, Social Work, The Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History, Monthly Review, Z Magazine, and Exquisite Corpse. In addition, he has published journalistic articles and appeared on ABC's "Nightline." He is currently a regular reviewer for the Los Angeles Times Book Review. He has received three meritorious performance awards for teaching and research at California State University, Sacramento. He was also the first recipient of the President's Award for Research and Creative Activity (1990). In spring 1995, he was a visiting Research Associate at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., doing research on issues relating to racism, diversity, and multiculturalism in higher education. In summer 1995, he was a visiting professor at the Institute of Comparative Law, Chuo University, Tokyo. In 1995-96, he was the recipient of the annual Scholarly Achievement Award at California State University, Sacramento. He was appointed a Mayers Fellow of The Huntington in 1999-2000.

Gregory Shank (e-mail: is the Managing Editor of Social Justice. He earned degrees in Sociology, Criminology, and the Sociology of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, and has been on the staff of the journal since 1974. He has edited numerous special issues of Social Justice, including Race, Class, and State Crime (Vol. 27: 1, Spring 2000), Issues in Critical Criminology (Vol. 22: 1, Spring 1995), Japan Enters the 21st Century (Vol. 21: 2, Summer 1994), World Order, Power, and Politics in the 1990s (Vol. 19: 1, Spring 1992), and South Africa in Transition (Vol. 18: 1-2, Spring-Summer 1991). He is the coauthor, with Paul Takagi, of Paul T. Takagi: Recollections and Writings (2012).

Suzie Dod Thomas (B.A. 1968, M.P.H. 1976) is Assistant Managing Editor for Social Justice (e-mail: She has been on the staff of the journal since 1974. She also was a founding member of Bay Area Women Against Rape in 1974. She worked as an organizer in the San Francisco Latin American community, first in 1977, for the Puerto Rican Organization for women, developing a bilingual health course for Latina women and later for quality health are in the Mission District of San Francisco. From 1976 to 1985, she was active in solidarity work with Central America and Cuba, organizing, leading, and translating for fact-finding delegations to Nicaragua and Cuba. She is the manager and promoter for author/poet/activist Piri Thomas in his work in high schools, colleges, prisons, youth detention centers, and communities of color throughout the United States. She co-edited the book Immigration, A Civil Rights Issue for the Americas (with Susanne Jonas for Scholarly Resources, Wilmington, Delaware, 1999) and special issues of Social Justice, including Columbus on Trial (Vol. 19: 2, Summer 1992), Feminism and the Social Control of Gender (Vol. 17: 3, Fall 1990), Criminality, Imprisonment, and Women's Rights (Vol. 17: 2, Summer 1990), and Latin American Perspectives on Crime and Social Justice (No. 30, 1978). She executive produced two CDs of music and poetry by Piri Thomas, No Mo' Barrio Blues and Sounds of the Streets, and translated his novel, Down These Mean Streets (1967), into Spanish.

Robert P. Weiss is Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh (e-mail: He has published articles and book chapters on criminal justice history, private policing development, and prison privatization. He has edited a book on criminal justice social history and one (with Nigel South) on comparative imprisonment. His most recent publication is "'Repatriation' of Low Wage Work: The Political Economy of Prison Labor Reprivatization in the Postindustrial United States" in the May 2001 issue of the journal, Criminology. He has edited several special issues of Social Justice, including Criminal Justice and Globalization at the New Millennium (Vol. 27: 2, Summer 2000), Crime and Justice in the Clinton Era (Vol. 21: 3, Fall 1994), and Attica: 1971-1991 -- A Commemorative Issue (Vol. 18: 3, Fall 1991).


United States

Max Azicri (Edinboro Univ., PA)

Gregg Barak (Eastern Michigan University)

William Chambliss (G. Washington Univ., D.C.)

Christopher Chase-Dunn (Johns Hopkins Univ.)

Noam Chomsky (MIT, Cambridge)

Mike Davis (U.C. Davis)

Julius Debro (Atlanta Univ.)

David Friedrichs (University of Scranton)

John Galliher (Univ. of Missouri - Columbia)

Gilbert Geis (Univ. of California, Irvine)

David Greenberg (New York University)

Bernard Headley (University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica)

Raúl Hinojosa (UCLA)

John Horton (UCLA)

Martha Huggins (Union College, NY)

Drew Humphries (Rutgers University, NJ)

June Kress (Washington, D.C.)

J. Patrice McSherry (Long Island University)

Marty Miller (Criminologist)

Pedro Noguera (NYU)

Nzongola Ntalaja (Howard University)

James Petras (SUNY, Binghamton)

Al Pinkney (Hunter College, New York)

Helen Safa (Univ. of Florida, Gainesville)

Herman Schwendinger (Univ. of South Florida)

Julia Schwendinger (Univ. of So. Florida, Tampa)

Nancy Stein (Pacifica, CA)

Piri Thomas (Berkeley, CA)

Paul Takagi (Univ. of California, Berkeley)

Rodolfo D. Torres (Univ. of California, Irvine)

Immanuel Wallerstein (SUNY, Binghamton)

Hilbourne A. Watson (Howard University)


Gabriel Aguilera, Guatemala

Alejandro Alvarez (Economist, Mexico)

Marie-Andrée Bertrand (Univ. of Montreal)

Gill Boehringer (MacQuarie Univ., Australia)

John Clarke (The Open Univ., England)

Luis Nieves Falcón (Univ. de Puerto Rico)

Tetsuya Fujimoto (Chuo Univ., Japan)

Eduardo Galeano (Montevideo, Uruguay)

Pablo González Casanova (CIIH, Mexico D.F.)

Stuart Hall (The Open Univ., England)

Margarita Viera Hernández (Univ. of Havana, Cuba)

Rafael Hernández (Cuba)

François Houtart (Centre Tricontinental, Belgium)

Shoji Ishitsuka (Tokyo Univ. of Information Sciences, Japan)

Thomas Mathiesen (Univ. of Oslo, Norway)

Pat O'Malley (La Trobe Univ., Australia)

Carlos Vilas (UNAM, Mexico)

David Williams (Univ. of Auckland, New Zealand)

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