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. Woods' research interests lie at the intersection of criminal law/procedure, family law, constitutional law, and sexual orientation and gender identity law. His most recent work "LGBT Identity and Crime" (forthcoming in the California Law Review) provides an intellectual history of the treatment of LGBT identity in the criminal justice system. Woods recently served as an expert witness before California legislators in support of the first state law banning the “gay and trans panic” defense.
Woods received his PhD and MPhil in Criminology from the University of Cambridge (where he was a Gates Scholar), JD from UCLA School of Law, and AB in Social Studies from Harvard University. Woods clerked for the Honorable Jennifer Walker Elrod on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. His other 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.