Jordan Blair Woods is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law and the Richard Taylor Law Teaching Fellow at the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy. His research interests lie at the intersection of criminal law/procedure, constitutional law, and sexual orientation and gender identity law. His current scholarship focuses on the treatment of LGBT identity under the criminal law and policing within minority communities. Woods recently served as an expert witness before California legislators in support of the first state law banning the “gay and trans panic” defense and is currently drafting a model statute to ban the defense in other states.
Woods received his Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Criminology from the University of Cambridge (where he was a Gates Scholar), J.D. from UCLA School of Law, and A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University. Following law school, Woods clerked for the Honorable Jennifer Walker Elrod on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. His recent scholarly work has been published in UCLA Law Review; Journal of Homosexuality; Critical Criminology; N.Y.U. Review of Law and Social Change; Handbook of LGBT Communities, Crime, and Justice; and The Routledge International Handbook on Hate Crime.