Jordan Blair Woods is the Williams Institute Law Teaching Fellow at UCLA School of Law for 2013-2015. This two-year fellowship program provides law school graduates who are committed to pursuing a career in legal academia an opportunity to teach, and do research and writing at UCLA Law School in preparation for a law teaching career.
Woods is currently a Gates Cambridge Scholar and Ph.D. Candidate (expected Dec. 2013) in Criminology at the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge (UK). Woods received his M.Phil. in Criminological Research from the University of Cambridge in 2010, during which he conducted a qualitative, ethnographic study of a hate crime police unit (published in Journal of Hate Studies). He was awarded a Dean’s Merit Scholarship and received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 2009, where he graduated Order of the Coif. During law school, Woods served as a Senior Editor of UCLA Law Review, and also served as a member of the UCLA Moot Court Honors Program. His comment in UCLA Law Review, “Taking the ‘Hate’ Out of Hate Crimes: Applying Unfair Advantage Theory to Justify the Enhanced Punishment of Opportunistic Bias Crimes,” was nominated for a National Scribes Award for the best student-written law review article. Woods clerked for the Honorable Jennifer Walker Elrod of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He also clerked for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Woods received his A.B. in Social Studies with a specialization in Social and Political Theory from Harvard University in 2006.
Woods’ research interests involve criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law, and sentencing. His doctoral dissertation provides a comprehensive critical analysis of sexual orientation and gender identity issues in criminological theory. A chapter of his dissertation entitled, “The Birth of Modern Criminology and Gendered Constructions of Homosexual Criminal Identity” is forthcoming in Journal of Homosexuality. He is the author of “Queering Criminology: An Overview of the State of the Field,” forthcoming in The Handbook of LGBT Communities, Crime—the first handbook of its kind on LGBT-related criminal justice issues. Woods is also the co-editor of a special issue on “Queering Criminology: New Directions and Frameworks,” forthcoming in Critical Criminology: An International Journal. His other scholarship on hate crime, law enforcement, gang prosecutions, and gay-straight alliances has appeared in UCLA Law Review, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, New York University Review of Law and Social Change, Michigan Journal of Race and Law, and Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice.