Jody Armour

Jody David Armour is the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at the University of Southern California. His expertise ranges from personal injury claims to the relationship between racial justice, criminal justice, and the rule of law.  Prof. Armour earned his A.B. degree in Sociology at Harvard University and his J.D. degree with honors from Boalt Hall Law School at the University of California, Berkeley.

A leading scholar and popular lecturer, Professor Armour has published an award-winning book, Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America, and articles in journals such as Stanford Law Review, California Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, and Boston College Law Review.  His next book examines law, language, and moral luck in the criminal justice system.  Professor Armour often appears as a legal analyst on news programs for NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, KPCC, KCRW, and other stations.  At the request of the US Department of State and European Embassies, he has toured major universities in Europe to speak about social justice, Hip Hop culture, and the law.  His work on the intersection of these topics grew into an interdisciplinary and multimedia analysis of social justice and linguistics, titled Race, Rap and Redemption, featuring performances by Ice Cube, Mayda del Valle, Saul Williams, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Macy Gray Music Academy Orchestra, and Mailon Rivera.

Professor Armour currently teaches a diverse array of subjects, including Criminal Law, Torts, and Stereotypes and Prejudice: The Role of the Cognitive Unconscious in the Rule of Law.