Alessandro De Giorgi
Promotion to full professor
Years at SJSU: 11
Department: Justice Studies
RSCA focus: Sociology of Punishment, specifically critical theories of punishment and social control, urban ethnography and radical political economy.
Professor Alessandro De Giorgi is an avid researcher and publisher who has written or contributed to 10 books in multiple languages, as well as dozens of journal articles on his research area of justice studies. He most recently served as an editor of Neoliberal Confinements: Social Suffering in the Shadows of the Carceral State, a special issue of Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict & World Order.
He presented recent ethnographic research on the socioeconomic consequences of concentrated incarceration and prisoner reentry in a disadvantaged neighborhood in Oakland, Calif. In 2018, he gave the keynote address at the conference on “New Directions in Critical Criminology,” organized by Eastern Kentucky University’s School of Justice Studies in Richmond, KY. He has also presented at the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences in London, the American Studies Association annual meeting, and the Stanford Criminal Justice Center and Law School.
“I could not be more grateful for the years I have spent as a faculty member at San Jose State University,” he said. “The opportunity to teach and conduct research in a public university that serves a diverse and often underprivileged student population is as fulfilling as any academic experience can be. I look forward to many more years of service at SJSU.”
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