Jody David Armour

Roy P. Crocker Professor of LawUSC Gould School of Law

Jody David Armour
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last updated Tue, Aug 11, 2015

Jody David Armour is the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at the University of Southern California. He has been a member of the faculty since 1995. Professor Armour’s expertise ranges from personal injury claims to claims about the relationship between racial justice, criminal justice, and the rule of law.  Professor Armour studies the intersection of race and legal decision making as well as torts and tort reform movements.

A widely published scholar and popular lecturer, Professor Armour is a Soros Justice Senior Fellow of The Open Society Institute’s Center on Crime, Communities and Culture. He has published articles in Stanford Law Review, California Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Southern California Review of Law and Women's Studies, University of Colorado Law Review and University of Pittsburgh Law Review.  His book Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America, (New York University Press, 1997), received the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award. He has just completed a book on the relationship between law, language, morality, politics and the performing arts titled Hearts and Minds in Blame and Punishment.  Professor Armour is a regular legal analyst on KABC, KNBC and KCBS News and a sought-after legal expert on a variety of criminal law and social justice issues in a wide range of other media outlets. At the request of the US Department of State and European Embassies, Professor Armour has toured major universities in Europe to speak about social justice as well as Hip Hop culture and the law.  His work on the performing arts and law recently culminated in a unique interdisciplinary and multimedia analysis of social justice and linguistics, titled Race, Rap and Redemption, produced by USC alumna J.M. Morris, and featuring performance by Ice Cube, Mayda del Valle, Saul Williams, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Macy Gray Music Academy Orchestra, and Mailon Rivera.   

Prof. Armour earned his A.B. degree in Sociology and Philosophy at Harvard University and his J.D. degree with honors from Boalt Hall Law School at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining University of Southern California, he was an associate at Morrison & Foerster, Kirkpatrick and Lockhart and taught at Boalt Hall, Indiana University and the University of Pittsburgh. 

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

Works in Progress

  • Where Bias Lives: Adjudicating Just Deserts


  • Negrophobia & Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America (New York University Press, 1997).

Articles and Book Chapters

  • "Toward a Tort-Based Theory of Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and Racial Justice," 38 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 1467 (Spring 2005). - (Hein)
  • "Interpretive Construction, Systemic Consistency, and Criterial Norms in Tort Law," 54 Vanderbilt Law Review 1157 (2001). - (Hein)
  • "Bring the Noise," 40 Boston College Law Review 733 (May 1999). - (Hein)
  • "Color-Consciousness in the Courtroom," 28 Southwestern University Law Review 281 (1999). - (Hein)
  • "Critical Race Feminism: Old Wine in a New Bottle or New Legal Genre?," 7 Southern California Review of Law and Women's Studies 431 (1998). - (Hein)
  • "Hype and Reality in Affirmative Action (Affirmative Action: Diversity of Opinions)," 68 University of Colorado Law Review 1173 (1997). - (Hein)
  • "Just Deserts: Narrative, Perspective, Choice, and Blame (Self-Defense and Relations of Domination: Moral and Legal Perspectives on Battered Women Who Kill)," 57 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 525 (1996). - (Hein)
  • "Stereotypes and Prejudice: Helping Legal Decisionmakers Break the Prejudice Habit," 83 California Law Review 733 (1995). [Reprinted in Critical Race Realism: Intersections of Psychology, Race, and Law (Gregory S. Park et al, eds.) (New Press, 2008)] - (Hein)
  • "Race Ipsa Loquitur: Of Reasonable Racists, Intelligent Bayesians, and Involuntary Negrophobes," 46 Stanford Law Review 781 (1994). [Reprinted in Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge (Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, eds.) (Temple University Press, 2000)] - (Hein)