Arnie Talk: Tryon Woods

Ethical Confrontations with Policing by Tryon Woods

In his ARNIE Talk, Professor Woods examined some cases of police violence. As he traveled the country giving talks on his research, Professor Woods noted that most informed people are not only aware of the regularity of police violence, but they also have opinions about what is going on in such cases. He believes, however, that the narratives informing people's opinions barely scratch the surface of the reality. In his talk, Professor Woods offered a robust critical frame in which to consider the difficulty in achieving police accountability, and asked the audience to consider how such state violence is only possible through the complicity of civil society.

Dr. Tryon Woods completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California at Irvine in 2007. He then taught at Sonoma State University and Long Beach State University in California. He has also taught inmates at San Quentin State Prison in the San Francisco Bay Area, and over the years has worked with community-based organizations in Oakland, Seattle, and New York City on police accountability, supportive housing for drug users, youth peer education, and HIV/AIDS prevention. 

Dr. Woods joined the faculty of UMass Dartmouth in 2010, where he is Assistant Professor of Crime and Justice Studies, as well as a faculty affiliate in the Black Studies program and the Women's and Gender Studies program. Since arriving at UMass Dartmouth, he has published eight peer reviewed journal articles on topics spanning the humanities, social sciences, and law. Dr. Woods is also the co-editor of a forthcoming volume to be published from Africa World Press entitled Ethical Confrontations with Antiblackness: Africana Studies in the Twenty-First Century. He also has two additional book projects underway: Post-Racial is the New Antiblack: Punishment and Disavowal in US Race and Sex Politics; and, Death, Debt, and Development's Diasporas: Rethinking Racial Globalization Through Chiapas and the Niger River Delta.


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