Saint Louis University


B.A., University of Houston, 1998
M.T.S., Harvard University, 2000
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2006
J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2009


Criminal Law
Critical Race Theory
Law and Religion


Corrections Law
Criminal Law
Sentencing Law
Assistant Professor of Law

SpearIt joined the SLU LAW faculty in 2010, bringing extensive teaching experience, including certification in college and university teaching.  Previously he served as a teaching assistant at Harvard University, University of California, Santa Barbara, and University of California, Berkeley.  In addition, SpearIt taught undergraduate courses for several years at the Law & Society Program at UC Santa Barbara, including Criminal Justice, Social Theory & Law, God Behind Bars, and Law & Society.  As a law student, he taught undergraduates in addition to teaching inmates for two semesters for the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison.

SpearIt’s research and scholarship concentrates on criminal justice, paying particular attention to sentencing and corrections.  Most recently his work has appeared in the Michigan State Law Review, Federal Sentencing Reporter, Columbia Journal of Race & Law, as well as Praeger Security International, ABC-CLIO, and SAGE publications. 

Currently, SpearIt serves on the Board of Governors for the Society of American Law Teachers as well as the Advisory Board for the SLU Prison Program; he is also a research fellow at the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding (ISPU) and adjunct professor for the Department of Religious Studies at Webster University.

He has work forthcoming in Mississippi Law Review, Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, Whittier Law Review, and book chapters in The Muslims in U.S. Prisons (Lynne Rienner) and Religion and American Cultures (ABC-CLIO).