SpearIt is an ISPU Fellow and an Associate Professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. Prior to joining TSU, he taught at the Saint Louis University and the Law and Society Program at University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as taught inmates for the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison. SpearIt’s research concentrates on criminal justice, and most recently his work has appeared in the Federal Sentencing Reporter, Journal of Law & Policy, as well as Praeger Security International, ABC-CLIO, and SAGE publications. Currently, SpearIt serves on the Leadership Board for the Prison Program at SLU and serves on the Board of Governors for the Society of American Law Teachers; he is also working on his book entitled, Raza Islamica: Prisons, Hip hop & Converting Converts in addition to book chapters for The Muslims in U.S. Prisons and Religion and American Cultures. SpearIt earned a B.A. in philosophy, magna cum laude, from the University of Houston, a master’s in theological studies at Harvard Divinity School, a Ph.D. in religious studies at UC Santa Barbara, and a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law.
M.A., Harvard Divinity School,
Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara
J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law.
Criminal Justice , Religious Studies , American Muslims , Islamophobia , Muslims in the West , National Security
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