Crime and Justice Studies faculty profile photo of Tryon Woods

Tryon Woods, PhD

Associate Professor

Crime & Justice Studies



Liberal Arts 399D


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


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


Research interests

  • Black Studies

Dr. Woods is Associate Professor of Crime and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, where he is affiliated with Black Studies and Women's and Gender Studies programs. His courses deal with historical, cultural, and political structures of racial and sexual violence, state power, and social justice. Previously he has 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 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.  

In addition to publishing articles across the humanities, social sciences, and law, Dr. Woods is the co-editor of On Marronage: Ethical Confrontations with Antiblackness (Africa World Press 2015) and Conceptual Aphasia in Black: Displacing Racial Formation Theory (Lexington 2016), and the author of Blackhood Against the Police Power: Punishment and Disavowal in the “Post-Racial” Era (Illinois, forthcoming).  His current book project is Death, Debt, and Development’s Diasporas: Black Globalization and the Quarantine of Human Rights.

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