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Jordan Blair Woods

Jordan Blair Woods

Assistant Professor of Law

School of Law


Phone: 479-575-5601

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Jordan Blair Woods is a criminologist and Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law.  His primary research and teaching interests include criminal law and procedure, family law, law & sexuality, legal ethics, and constitutional law.  His recent scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Michigan Law Review, California Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review Online, UCLA Law Review, Iowa Law Review, and Minnesota Law Review

Woods’ 2017 article, “LGBT Identity and Crime,” 105 California Law Review 667 (2017), received the Dukeminier Award, which recognizes the best sexual orientation legal scholarship published in the previous year.  His article “Policing, Danger Narratives, and Routine Traffic Stops,” 117 Michigan Law Review 635 (2019), was selected for presentation at the 2018 Stanford/Harvard/Yale Junior Faculty Forum.  In 2018 and 2017, Woods was awarded the New Faculty Commendation for Teaching Commitment from the University of Arkansas. He currently serves as Treasurer of the AALS Section on Children and the Law and co-chair of the organizing committee for the Family Law Scholars and Teachers Conference. 

Prior to joining the law faculty in 2016, Woods served as a fellow at the Williams Institute, a research institute on LGBT law and public policy at UCLA School of Law.  He clerked for the Honorable Jennifer Walker Elrod on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Woods holds an A.B. from Harvard College, J.D. from UCLA School of Law, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar.

Criminal Law & Procedure, Family Law, Constitutional Law, Legal Ethics, Gender & Sexuality, Policing, Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare

Courses Taught Between Fall 2016 and Fall 2019: First-Year Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure I (Investigatons), Family Law, Professional Responsibility, Law & Sexuality, Advanced Criminal Law 

Professor Woods holds an A.B. from Harvard College, J.D. from UCLA School of Law, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar.

Law Reviews

"Youth, Equality, and the State" (work-in-progress).

"Policing, Danger Narratives, and the Motor Vehicle" (work-in-progress).

"Autonomous Vehicles and Police De-escalation," Northwestern University Law Review Online (forthcoming 2019) (short essay).

"Religious Exemptions and LGBTQ Child Welfare," 103 Minnesota Law Review 2343 (2019).

"Policing, Danger Narratives, and Routine Traffic Stops," 117 Michigan Law Review 635 (2019).

          – Selected for the 2018 Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum. 

“Unaccompanied Youth and Private-Public Order Failures,” 103 Iowa Law Review 1639-1709 (2018).

       – Winner of the 2018 Dukeminier Award (awarded to best published legal scholarship on LGBT issues each year). 

“LGBT Identity and Crime,” 105 California Law Review 667-734 (2017).

        – Winner of the 2017 Dukeminier Award (awarded to best published legal scholarship on LGBT issues each year). 

“Decriminalization, Police Authority, and Routine Traffic Stops,” 62 UCLA Law Review 672-759 (2015).

– Solicited abridged version in 42 SEARCH AND SEIZURE LAW REPORT 119 (West 2015).

“Systemic Racial Bias and RICO’s Application to Criminal Street Gangs,” 17 Michigan Journal of Race & Law 303-53 (2012).

“A Decade After Drug Decriminalization: What Can the United States Learn from the Portuguese Model?,” 15 University of the District of Columbia Law Review 1-31 (2011) (invited symposium issue).

“Gay-Straight Alliances and Sanctioning Pretextual Discrimination Under the Equal Access Act,” 34 N.Y.U. Review of Law & Social Change 373 423 (2010).

“Don’t Tap, Don’t Stare, and Keep Your Hands to Yourself! Critiquing the Legality of Gay Sting Operations,” 12 Journal of Gender, Race & Justice 545 78 (2009).

“Addressing Youth Bias Crime,” 56 UCLA Law Review 1899-1934 (2009) (student comment).

“Morse v. Frederick’s New Perspective on Schools’ Basic Educational Missions and the Implications for Gay-Straight Alliance First Amendment Jurisprudence,” 18 Columbia Journal of Gender & Law 282-312 (2008).

“Ensuring a Right of Access to the Courts for Bias Crime Victims: A Section 5 Defense of the Matthew Shepard Act,” 12 Chapman Law Review 389-431 (2008).

“Taking the ‘Hate’ Out of Hate Crimes: Applying Unfair Advantage Theory to Justify the Enhanced Punishment of Opportunistic Bias Crimes,” 56 UCLA Law Review 489 541 (2008) (student comment).

Peer-Reviewed Journals and Book Chapters

“LGBTQ in the Courtroom: How Sexuality and Gender Identity Impact the Jury System,” in Criminal Juries in the 21st Century: Psychological Science and the Law 61-83 (Oxford Univ. Press., C. Najdowski & M. Stevenson eds., 2018).

“The Birth of Modern Criminology and Gendered Constructions of Homosexual Criminal Identity,” 62 Journal of Homosexuality 131-66 (2015).

“Hate Crime in the United States,” in The Routledge International Handbook on Hate Crime 153-62 (N. Hall et al. eds., 2014).

“Anti-transgender Hate Crime,” in The Routledge International Handbook on Hate Crime 278-88 (N. Hall et al. eds., 2014) (first author, with J. Herman) (copy available on request).

“Queer Contestations and the Future of a ‘Queer’ Criminology,” 22 Critical Criminology 5-19 (2014).

“Queering Criminology: Overview of the State of the Field,” in Handbook of LGBT Communities, Crime, and Justice 15-44 (D. Peterson and V. Panfil eds., 2014).

“Latina Transgender Women’s Interactions with Law Enforcement in Los Angeles County,” 7 Policing (Univ. of Oxford) 379-91 (2013) (first author, with F.H. Galvan, M. Bazargan, J.L. Herman, & Y. Chen).

“Policing Hatred: A Case Study of an English Police Force,” 9 Journal of Hate Studies 127-48 (2010)


“Model Legislation for Eliminating the Gay and Trans Panic Defenses,” THE WILLIAMS INSTITUTE (2016) (first author, with Brad Sears and Christy Mallory).