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William Pruitt

William Pruitt

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Education

Ph.D., Northeastern University
J.D., Syracuse University
B.A., University of Hartford

Office Location: Roop 5
Phone: 757-455-3394
Email: wpruitt@vwu.edu
Department/s: Criminal Justice

I was born in Nashville, Tennessee (and still have much family in the area), but I grew up mainly in Connecticut where my family moved when I was 6.  I attended the University of Hartford graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.  After working for a year at a small law firm in their real estate and estate planning area, I attended law school at Syracuse University graduating cum laude in 2006.  After passing the bar exam in New York state, I worked for the judicial branch in Connecticut for several months.  I then moved to Boston to attend Northeastern University where I obtained my Ph.D. in Criminology and Justice Policy in 2011. 

I joined the faculty at Virginia Wesleyan College in 2015.  I teach courses including Introduction to Criminal Justice, Juvenile Delinquency, and Courts.  My research interests include genocide, crimes against humanity, and legal responses to atrocities.

Articles:

Pruitt, William.  (2015).  “Review of Futamura, Madoka, War Crimes Tribunals and Transitional Justice: The Tokyo Trial and the Nuremburg Legacy.” H-Genocide, H-Net Reviews. http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=37130.

Pruitt, William R.  (2015).  “Testing Hagan’s collective action theory of genocide.”  Global Crime, 16(1), 1-18. doi: 10.1080/17440572.2014.956167.

Pruitt, William R.  (2014).  “Introduction: Comparison matters when studying genocide.”  In Genocide: The Comparative Turn, edited by William R. Pruitt, 5-11.  Union, NJ: Kean University.

Pruitt, William R.  (2014).  “Studying Genocide: Integrating Criminology and other Disciplines.”  In Genocide: The Comparative Turn, edited by William R. Pruitt, 132-157.  Union, NJ: Kean University.

Pruitt, William R.  (2014).  “How criminology can engage in the theorizing on genocide.”  International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences, 9(1), 1-15.

Pruitt, William R.  (2014).  “Aggravating and mitigating sentencing factors at the ICTR-An exploratory analysis.”  International Criminal Law Review, 14(1), 148-176.

Pruitt, William.  (2014).  “Review of Armatta, Judith, Twilight of Impunity: The War Crimes Trial of Slobodan Milosevic.”  H-Genocide, H-Net Reviews. http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=37129

Pruitt, William. (2014).  “Review of Tonry, Michael H., ed., Prosecutors and Politics: A Comparative Perspective.”   H-Law, H-Net Reviews. https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=40162

Pruitt, William R.  (2010).  “The progress of democratic policing in post-apartheid South   Africa.” African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies, 4(1), 116-140.

 

Encyclopedia entries:

Pruitt, William R.  (2014).  “United States v. Jones.”  In Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics, edited by B. Arrigo and J. Golson, 954-955.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Pruitt, William R.  (2014).  “Genocide.”  In Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics, edited by B. Arrigo and J. Golson, 388-391.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Pruitt, William R.  (in press).  South Africa.  In The Sage Encyclopedia of World Poverty, 2d         edition, edited by Mehmet Odekon and J. Geoffrey Golson.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 

Pruitt, William R.  (in press).  Lesotho.  In The Sage Encyclopedia of World Poverty, 2d edition,   edited by Mehmet Odekon and J. Geoffrey Golson.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Pruitt, William R.  (in press).  Swaziland.  In The Sage Encyclopedia of World Poverty, 2d             edition, edited by Mehmet Odekon and J. Geoffrey Golson.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Genocide
Crimes against humanity
Legal respones to atrocities

This represents a sample of recent courses taught by this professor. For the most current course information, consult WebAdvisor "Search for Courses".

Spring

CJ100*01 Intro to Criminal Justice

CJ301*02 Criminology

CJ387*02 Criminal Law

CJ250*04 Tpc: Crime and Media


Fall

CJ301*01 Criminology

CJ250*01 Tpc:Comparative Criminal Just

SOC350*01 Intro to Social Research

CJ350*01 Intro to Social Research


Winter

CJ310*01 Criminology of Genocide