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Tryon Woods, PhD

Associate Professor

Crime & Justice Studies

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Liberal Arts 392C

Education

2007University of California, IrvinePhD
2000Arizona State UniversityMS
1995Wesleyan UniversityBA

Teaching

  • Crime & Justice Studies
  • Black Studies
  • Women & Gender Studies
  • Law

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

An in-depth examination of the theoretical formulations, social movement contexts, and political praxes for the study of crime and justice. This will be pursued through a study of abolitionism across a variety of historical contexts and institutional and community settings in order to facilitate incisive critical thought on the most pressing social problems of our time.

An in-depth examination of the theoretical formulations, social movement contexts, and political praxes for the study of crime and justice. This will be pursued through a study of abolitionism across a variety of historical contexts and institutional and community settings in order to facilitate incisive critical thought on the most pressing social problems of our time.

Examination of the meaning of justice across a variety of contexts. The aim of this course is to develop historical, structural, social, and ethical analyses of justice applicable to contemporary social issues, institutional case studies, and social processes. Contradictions between theory and practice are highlighted.

Examination of the meaning of justice across a variety of contexts. The aim of this course is to develop historical, structural, social, and ethical analyses of justice applicable to contemporary social issues, institutional case studies, and social processes. Contradictions between theory and practice are highlighted.

An examination of policing in the social, historical, and political contexts in which it arises, is contested, and is reproduced.

An in-depth examination of the theoretical formulations, social movement contexts, and political praxes for the study of crime and justice. This will be pursued through a study of abolitionism across a variety of historical contexts and institutional and community settings in order to facilitate incisive critical thought on the most pressing social problems of our time.

An in-depth examination of the theoretical formulations, social movement contexts, and political praxes for the study of crime and justice. This will be pursued through a study of abolitionism across a variety of historical contexts and institutional and community settings in order to facilitate incisive critical thought on the most pressing social problems of our time.

Topics will be determined by the faculty member and will therefore vary.

Topics will be determined by the faculty member and will therefore vary.

Teaching

Online and Continuing Education Courses

An investigation of how the political, social, and economic interests that converge on the site of the prison determine criminal justice policy. This course is a study in the cultural and political economic dimensions of structural violence, with the prison system as the illustrative case study.
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Research

Research Interests

  • Black Studies

Select publications

  • Tryon P. Woods (2019).
    Blackhood Against the Police Power: Punishment and Disavowal in the "Post-Racial" Era
    Michigan State University Press
  • Tryon P. Woods (2019).
    Marronage, Here and There: Liberia, Enslavement's Conversion, and the Settlers-Not
    International Labor and Working Class History, no. 96, 1-22.
  • Tryon P. Woods (2018).
    The Implicit Bias of Implicit Bias Theory
    Drexel Law Review, 10, 631-672.

Dr. Woods teaches Black Studies and critical approaches to de-disciplining knowledge. He has taught at Providence College, Brown University, Rhode Island College, Sonoma State University, and Long Beach State University. He has also taught at San Quentin State Prison in the San Francisco Bay Area and worked with community organizations in Oakland, Seattle, and New York City on police accountability, supportive housing for drug users, youth peer education, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

In addition to publishing articles across the humanities, social sciences, and law, Dr. Woods' books include On Marronage: Ethical Confrontations with Antiblackness (Africa World Press 2015), Conceptual Aphasia in Black: Displacing Racial Formation Theory (Lexington 2016), Blackhood Against the Police Power: Punishment and Disavowal in the “Post-Racial” Era (Michigan State University Press 2019), Ex Aqua in the Mediterranean: Excavating Black Power in the Migrant Question (Manchester University Press forthcoming), and Blackhood At-Large: The Cinema of Social Death (forthcoming).

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