Tryon P. Woods graduated from Wesleyan University with High Honors from the College of Social Studies. He worked in New York City doing HIV/AIDS prevention education for a number of programs around the city; and then served as a research associate for a public health policy firm. He began his graduate studies at Arizona State University with the Committee on Law and the Social Sciences, School of Justice Studies (since renamed Justice and Social Inquiry in the School of Social Transformation), before moving on to complete his doctoral studies at the University of California, Irvine, in Criminology, Law & Society. During his doctoral studies, he also studied in Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego and in African and African Diaspora Studies at Florida International University.
Dr. Woods is currently Professor of Crime & Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and Special Lecturer in Black Studies at Providence College. He has also lectured in Africana Studies at Brown University and Rhode Island College. Prior to arriving in New England, he taught in California at Long Beach State University, Sonoma State University, the University of California, Irvine, and at the San Quentin State Prison in the San Francisco Bay Area.
He also serves as a consultant to non-profit organizations, business, and government agencies, providing services such as data and policy analysis, public relations communications, research studies, presentations and workshop facilitation, and website content.
Dr. Woods' books include two co-edited volumes, On Marronage: Ethical Confrontations with Antiblackness (African World Press, 2015) and Conceptual Aphasia in Black: Displacing Racial Formation (Lexington, 2016). His monograph Blackhood Against the Police Power: Punishment and Disavowal in the "Post-Racial" Era (Michigan State University Press, 2019) is the first of a three-part series, to be followed by Blackhood At-Large: The Cinema of Social Death and Blackhood on Trial: The State of Black Self-Defense. His analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic was published in March 2022 by Palgrave Macmillan as Pandemic Police Power, Public Health, and the Abolition Question; and his co-authored study of contemporary black migrations in the Mediterranean basin, African Migrants, European Borders, and the Problem with Humanitarianism is forthcoming from Manchester University Press in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Woods publishes research articles in peer reviewed journals across the humanities and social sciences, as well as in law review journals. His policy briefs, scholarly reviews, and political and cultural commentary appear in a variety of venues and popular media platforms.