Jordan Blair Woods

Professor of Law

Jordan Blair Woods is a Professor of Law at the University of Arizona College of Law where he writes and teaches courses in the areas of criminal law & procedure, law & sexuality, family law and legal ethics.

Woods is a trained criminologist and legal scholar. His main areas of research focus 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 scholarship has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, Michigan Law Review, California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and Minnesota Law Review, among others. Woods’ writing and research has been featured or quoted in leading national and international media outlets, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, BBC, NPR, NBC, The Guardian, and The Atlantic.

In 2021, Woods was recognized by the National LGBT Bar Association as one of the Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40. In 2021, he was also elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. 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.

Before joining the University of Arizona in 2022, Woods served as a professor of law and director of the Richard B. Atkinson LGBTQ Law & Policy Program at the University of Arkansas School of Law. He also served as a fellow at the Williams Institute, a research institute on LGBT law and public policy at UCLA School of Law.  Woods clerked for the Honorable Jennifer Walker Elrod on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He 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.


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  • Ph.D. University of Cambridge
  • M.Phil. University of Cambridge
  • J.D. UCLA School of Law
  • A.B. Harvard College
Civil Rights Law
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law & Justice (including Juvenile Justice)
Family Law (including Children's Rights)
Gender and Sexuality Law
Racial Justice