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Jordan Blair Woods

Jordan Blair Woods

Associate Professor of Law

(LAWD)-Dean of Law


Phone: 479-575-5601

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Jordan Blair Woods is a criminologist and legal scholar at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Woods also serves as the Faculty Director of the Richard B. Atkinson LGBTQ Law & Policy Program at the law school. His primary research interests and teaching areas include criminal law and procedure, family law, law & sexuality, professional responsibility, and constitutional law. His scholarship focuses on the regulation of law enforcement, criminal justice issues affecting LGBTQ populations, and the legal regulation of youth in family and child welfare contexts. 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 is a two-time recipient of the Dukeminier Award, which recognizes the best sexual orientation and gender identity law review articles published each year (“LGBT Identity and Crime,” 105 California Law Review 667 (2017); “Unaccompanied Youth and Private-Public Order Failures,” 103 Iowa Law Review 1639 (2018)). In 2019, Woods was named as a Harry Krause Emerging Family Law Scholar by the University of Illinois College of Law’s Family Law and Policy Program. 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. For three consecutive years since joining the law faculty, Woods has been awarded the University of Arkansas Faculty Commendation for Teaching Commitment. 

Prior to joining the law faculty, 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.

Law Reviews

"Framing Legislation Banning the "Gay and Trans Panic" Defenses," 54 University of Richmond Law Review 833 (2020) (symposium issue).

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

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

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

"Autonomous Vehicles and Police De-escalation," Northwestern University Law Review Online 75 (2019) (essay). [SSRN]

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

       – 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). [SSRN]

        – 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). [SSRN]

– 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). [SSRN]

“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). 

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

“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). [SSRN]

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

“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). [SSRN]

“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). [SSRN]

“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). [SSRN]

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). [SSRN]

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

“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). [link]