Publications / Books

N*gga Theory

“N*gga Theory is a masterpiece. This book is a confirmation and a revelation.”

— Kate Chatfield, Senior Advisor at The Justice Collaborative

N*gga Theory interrogates conventional assumptions and frames a transformational new way of thinking about law, language, moral judgments, politics, and transgressive art—especially profane genres like gangsta rap—and exposes where racial bias lives in the administration of justice and everyday life.

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Negrophobia & Reasonable Racism

The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America

“Skillfully drawing on a wide range of referents from Greek mythology to Thomas Bayes, the father of statistics, Armour plumbs our racial psychology and in the process explores the racialized nature of our daily life and our legal system.”

— Norfolk Virginia Journal and Guide

Tackling the ugly secret of unconscious racism in American society, this book provides specific solutions to counter this entrenched phenomenon.

Negrophobia book cover

Publications / Papers

University of Pennsylvania Law School

“Law Language and Politics,” 22 University of Pennsylvania Law School Journal of Constitutional Law 1073 (2020).

Critical Race Theory

“Race Ipsa Loquitur: Of Reasonable Racists, Intelligent Bayesians, and Involuntary Negrophobes,” in Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, editors, Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge, (Temple University Press, 2013).

Criminal Law and Its Processes

“Race Ipsa Loquitur: Of Reasonable Racists, Intelligent Bayesians, and Involuntary Negrophobes,” in Sanford H. Kadish, Stephen J. Schulhofer, Carol S. Steiker, and Rachel E. Barkow, eds, Criminal Law and Its Processes: Cases and Materials, (Wolters Kluwer, 2012).

Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review

“Toward a Tort-Based Theory of Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and Racial Justice,” 38 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 1467 (Spring 2005).

Boston College Law Review

“Bring the Noise,” 40 Boston College Law Review 733 (May 1999).

Southwestern University Law Review

“Color-Consciousness in the Courtroom,” 28 Southwestern University Law Review 281 (1999).

Southern California Review of Law and Womens Studies

“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).

Publications / Commentary

LARB

“Black Lives Matter in Higher Learning,” LARB Los Angeles Review of Books (6/2016).

LARB

“The Politics of Becoming,” BLARB BLOG//Los Angeles Review of Books (1/2016).

LARB

“Straight Outta Compton: The Profound in the Profane,” LARB Los Angles Review of Books (10/2015).