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Andrea Armstrong

Law Visiting Committee Distinguished Professor of Law


J.D., Yale Law School, 2007

M.P.A., Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, 2001

B.A., New York University, 1996


  • College of Law
  • Emergency Management


  • Civil Rights
  • Criminal Justice
  • Incarceration


Professor Armstrong joined the Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law faculty in 2010.  She is a leading national expert on prison and jail conditions and is certified by the U.S. Department of Justice as a Prison Rape Elimination Act auditor.  Her research focuses on the constitutional dimensions of prisons and jails, specifically prison labor practices, the intersection of race and conditions of incarceration, and public oversight of detention  facilities.  She teaches in the related fields of constitutional law, criminal procedure, law and poverty, and race and the law. Prof. Armstrong also received a three-year Interdisciplinary Research Leader grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shared with the Voice of the Experienced and LSU Center for Healthcare Value and Equity, to examine the effects of incarceration on health service use in Louisiana, currently a global and national leader in incarceration rates.

Andrea Armstrong was elected as the inaugural co-chair of Community Advisory Group for the New Orleans MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge (2017-2019) and was a founding boardmember of the Promise of Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization focused on death penalty abolition and prison conditions.  Professor Armstrong is a graduate of Yale Law School, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where she completed her M.P.A. in International Relations, and New York University.

Prior to law school, Professor Armstrong’s research focused on international human rights and regional conflict dynamics.  She has worked with the Center on International Cooperation at NYU, the International Center for Transitional Justice, as well as the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and the U.N. Commission on Human Security.  She also taught policy modules on democratization at the Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University.

After graduating from law school, Professor Armstrong served as a clerk for the Honorable Helen G. Berrigan of the United States Eastern District of Louisiana. She also litigated prisoners’ rights issues, among others, as a Thomas Emerson fellow with David Rosen and Associates in New Haven, CT. She is admitted to practice in Connecticut (retired), New York (retired) and Louisiana state courts, as well as the U.S. District Court of Connecticut (retired), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (retired) and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Her publications can be found at:


The Missing Link: Jail and Prison Conditions in Criminal Justice Reform, 80 La. L. Rev.1 (2019).


Essays for “Per(Sister)” on the Incarceration of Women, Tulane's Newcomb Art Museum (January 2019)


Dying in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, The Promise of Justice Initiative (July 2018)(with Shanita Farris).


Medicaid Enrollment in Jails, Baptist Community Ministries (Summer 2018).


Member, Louisiana State Advisory Committee, U.S. Committee on Civil Rights, Barriers to Voting, Summer 2018.


A Letter to Jay-Z: Don’t Keep This Promise, In Justice Today (April 10, 2018) at


The Impact of 300 Years of Jail Conditions, The New Orleans Prosperity Index: Tricentennial Collection, The Data Center (2018).


Prison Rape Elimination Act Audit Report,Adult Prisons and Jails (Interimfor Century Regional Detention Facility in L.A. County, Jan. 31, 2018 (one of 9 audit team members),


Death Row Conditions Through an Environmental Justice Lens, 70 U. of Ark.203 (2017). 


Punished Protesters in Baton Rouge: Conditions in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, The Promise of Justice Initiative (July 2017)(with Erica Navalance).


The Racial Origins of Doctrines Limiting Prisoner Protest, 60 Howard L. J. 221 (2016).


Race, Prison Discipline, and the Law, U. of Ca. Irvine L. Rev.101 (2015).


No Prisoner Left Behind? Enhancing Public Transparency of Penal Institutions,25 Stan. L. & Pol'y Rev.435 (2014).


Slavery Revisited in Penal Plantation Labor, 35 Seattle U. L. Rev.835 (2012).


Claims to Pre-emptive Use of Force: Some Trends and Projections, 100 Am. J. Int’l L.525 (2006)(with Michael W. Reisman)(peer-reviewed).


The Devil is in the Details: Transitional Justice and African Peace Agreements, 6 Afr. Hum. Rts. L. J.1 (2006)(with Gloria Ntegeye)(peer-reviewed).


German Reparations to the Jews after World War Two: A Turning Point in the History of Reparationsin The Handbook on Reparations390 (Pablo de Greiff ed., 2006)(with Ariel Colonomos).


Reparations and Microfinance Schemesin The Handbook on Reparations676 (Pablo de Greiff ed., 2006)(with Hans Dieter Seibel).


The Role of Civil Society Actors in Reparations Legislationin Redressing Injustices Through Mass Claims Processes (Permanent Court of Arbitration ed., 2006).


Bad Neighborhoods: The Great Lakes of Africa and South Central Asiain Making States Work 79 (Simon Chesterman et al. eds., 2005) (with Barnett R. Rubin).


Regional Issues in the Reconstruction of Afghanistan, XX World Pol’y J. 31 (2003) (with Barnett R. Rubin).


Being Recognized as Citizens: A Human Security Dilemma in Central Asia and the Caucasus, (December 2002) (paper commissioned by the Commission on Human Security) at: