Tryon Woods

faculty

Tryon Woods, PhD

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 introduction to the principal concepts and methods of Afrocentric scholarship. Topics include the social, political, aesthetic, and economic experiences of Black people in America and throughout the world. Students will develop their academic research, critical reading & writing, and oral presentation.

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.

Selected topics in Black Studies. May be repeated with change of content/topic.

A study of sociological theorists. Designed to teach the theoretical foundations necessary for the critical study of crime and justice, the course will cover a range of theories focusing on those that assist in a critique of problems of power in matters of crime and justice.

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 cinema as a feature of the historical, structural, and performative dimensions of policing.

Exploration of the War on Drugs in terms of the structural, historic, and cultural realities within the criminalization of drug use. The course examines the social construction of drugs, drug use, and addiction. The role of race, nation, gender, and class in shaping public policy, popular culture, law enforcement, and societal reactions guides the examination of each of these topics.

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.

Teaching

Online and Continuing Education Courses

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

Research interests

  • Black Studies

Select publications

  • Tryon P. Woods (2022).
    Pandemic Police Power, Public Health, and the Abolition Question

  • 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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