Justine Hecht

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Sociology Faculty
 Location: MAR 109
11:30 am-2:00 pm
11:30 pm-2:00 pm
Office Hours Additional Information 
I also offer in person and virtual office hours during the above times, or by appointment. If you'd like to meet virtually, please send me an email and I will send you a GoogleMeet link.


B.S. History & Political Science
Northern Arizona University
M.S. Justice Studies
Arizona State University

Hello and thanks for visiting my profile! I was born and raised in Arizona, growing up in Peoria, and graduating from Glendale Community College before moving on to Northern Arizona University to study history and political science. My academic and teaching interest are firmly rooted in social change facilitated by regular people and grassroots social movements. I became interested in sociology in graduate school at ASU where I studied the impacts of white supremacy on democratic practices within the Occupy Wall St. movement that launched in 2011 as a response to the 2008 recession. I also spent time researching and writing about the organizing strategies of the Black Panthers, the International Workers of the World, and histories of white supremacy in labor movements. These ideas, theories, and histories, often make their way into my sociology classes.

When teaching I takes a participatory approach that centers the needs and visions of students. In class we often engage in discussions, role plays, individual writing, games, and lectures to support a commitment to life long learning and critical thinking. My classes draw on scholarly work, as well as social movement literature, music, poetry, film, and even video games from time to time. I am deeply passionate about teaching and believe that all students have what it takes to grow, succeed, and transform themselves and their communities. I see the classroom as a space of radical community, and radical possibility, where students learn from each other, as well as from me. I look forward to learning with you in class!

Academic Interests 
Social movements, prison abolition, anarchism, feminist thought, anti-racism, economic justice, utopian dreams
College Service 
Faculty Advisor - Helping Hands: Student Resource Hub
Sociology Majors - Transfer Support Group
United Campus Workers of Arizona - ucwaz.org
Publications & Intellectual Contributions 

Hecht, Justine. “The Whiteness of Statehood: A Review of Arizona & New Mexico 1848-1912.” Journal of the Southwest 64, no. 4 (2018): 709–30.

Conference Presentations 

Local to Global Justice Forum: Educating for Justice, Abolitionist Pedagogies: Teaching to Transgress in the Age of Mass Incarceration (2022)

Classes Current Teaching
Name Title Term Days Times/Dates
SOC101 View class details for Introduction to Sociology (SOC101)Introduction to Sociology SPR24 JAN 16 - MAR 8
SOC101 View class details for Introduction to Sociology (SOC101)Introduction to Sociology SPR24 JAN 16 - MAY 10
SOC101 View class details for Introduction to Sociology (SOC101)Introduction to Sociology SPR24 MW 10:00am - 11:15am
JAN 17 - MAY 10
SOC212 View class details for Gender and Society (SOC212)Gender and Society SPR24 JAN 16 - MAY 10
SOC241 View class details for Race and Ethnic Relations (SOC241)Race and Ethnic Relations SPR24 JAN 16 - MAY 10

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