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My name is Andrew Austin. I’m on the faculty of Democracy and Justice Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. I blog here at Freedom and Reason as often as I can. You can watch my pod/videocast, The FAR Podcast on Rumble and YouTube. In my academic work, I research and teach on, among other things, crime and justice, political economy, political sociology, race and ethnicity, and the sociology of religion.

You can read my work in numerous articles, essays, and reviews published in books, encyclopedia, journals, and newspapers. My work has appeared on the pages of Capitalism Nature Socialism, Crime, Law and Social Change, Critical Sociology, Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Journal of Men and Masculinities, Journal of Poverty, Journal of World-Systems Research, Labor History, Nature, Society, and Thought, Project Censored, Sociological Spectrum, Teaching Sociology, and TruthOut.

I was honored in 2002 with the Spectrum Award for outstanding article for my widely cited paper on the anti-environmental countermovement, “Advancing Accumulation and Managing its Discontents.” My two chapters in Devastating Society: The Neo-Conservative Assault on Democracy and Justice (Pluto Press/University of Michigan Press) have been translated into the German, Arabic, and Indonesian languages (as well as English). I am the author of numerous articles for Sage’s Encyclopedia of Social Deviance and their Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities, Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism, and Rutledge’s Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities.

I have chaired, presented, or had papers read at more than two dozen professional conferences, including the Society for the Study of Social Problems. In 2006 and 2007 I traveled to Amman, Jordan where I lectured on the politicization of religion and democracy and human rights at the United Nations University. In 2018, I penned the preface to the Skyhorse edition of The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’ classic theoretical treatise and political pamphlet.

I have taught numerous college courses, including Criminal Justice Administration, Criminal Justice Process, Criminology, People, Machines, and Monsters, Foundations of Social Research, Freedom and Social Control, Historical Perspectives on Social Change, Juvenile Delinquency, Law and Society, Power and Change in America, Race and Ethnic Relations, Critical Legal Studies, Inequality and the Law, Race, Class, and Crime, Social Theory, Social Problems, and Sociology of Religion. I have won numerous teach scholar appointments and, in 2018, I was award the Founders Association Award for Excellence in Institutional Development at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for the years 2016-2017.