Criminal Justice Studies — Honors Program in the Humanities — Legal Studies — Peace and Justice Studies — Philosophy
Jeffrey  Paris

Jeffrey Paris

Associate Professor

Jeffrey Paris joined the USF faculty in 2001, and has taught over twenty different courses in topics ranging from existential and postmodern philosophy, to imprisonment, to science fiction. He also taught as a volunteer in the Prison University Project, teaching Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics to inmate-students at San Quentin Prison.

In 2005, he was presented with the Service Learning Merit Award, and then in 2006 with the University Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2012, he received the College of Arts & Sciences Full-Time Faculty Service Award.

He has two co-edited volumes - Liberation between Selves, Sexualities and War (PDC, 2006) and New Critical Theory: Essays on Liberation (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001) - and over a dozen journal articles and book chapters. He also co-edited a special issue of Peace Review on Subcultures and Political Resistance.

Jeffrey Paris has also served in an executive capacity in the Peace & Justice Studies Association, the Radical Philosophy Association, the North American Sartre Society, and the North American Society for Social Philosophy.


Ph.D., Philosophy, Purdue University, 1998
M.A., Philosophy, Purdue University, 1995
B.A., Philosophy & Religious Studies, Humboldt State University, 1992

Research Areas

Critical Theory, Social & Political Philosophy
Existentialism, Postmodern Philosophy
Philosophy of Imprisonment, Philosophy & Science Fiction

Courses Offered
  • (Fall 2013) On Sabbatical
After the Law of Peoples. International Journal of Humanistic Studies and Literature (Special issue dedicated to Philosophy) 8 (Spring 2008).

Abolition Democracy and the Ultimate Carceral Threat
. In Reclaiming Democracy: Visions and Practices from the Radical Left: Radical Philosophy Today, Volume 5, ed. by Peter Amato and Harry van der Linden (Virginia, Philosophy Documentation Center,  Fall 2007), n.p.

Decarceration and the Philosophies of Mass Imprisonment
. Human Studies: A Journal for Philosophy and the Social Sciences 30, no. 4 (2007).

American Power and the Philosophy of World-Systems Analysis
. Socialism & Democracy 20, no. 2 (July, 2006): 103-120.

Philosophy Across Prison Walls
. Academic Exchange Quarterly 10, no. 1 (Spring 2006): 185-191.

From Authenticity to Reification: Extension du domaine de la lutte
. Brock Review 9 (2005): 77-94.

Rethinking the End of Modernity: Empire, Hypercapitalism and Cyberpunk Dystopias
. Social Philosophy Today 21 (August 2005): 173-189.

The Black Bloc's Ungovernable Protest
. Peace Review: A Transnational Quarterly 15/3 (Fall 2003): 317-322.

Review Essay: After Rawls
.  Social Theory & Practice 28, no. 4 (October 2002): 679-699.

The End of Utopia
. Peace Review: A Transnational Quarterly 14, no. 2 (Summer 2002): 175-182.