Geoff Ward’s scholarship examines racial politics of social control, and the pursuit of racial justice, historically and today.
Geoff Ward is Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies and a faculty affiliate in the Department of Sociology and American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. His scholarship examines the racial politics of social control and the pursuit of racial justice, historically and today. His work appears in numerous academic journals and anthologies, and has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the Ford Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation. In addition to numerous research articles and essays, he is the author of The Black Child-Savers: Racial Democracy and Juvenile Justice (University of Chicago Press, 2012), an award-winning book on the rise, fall, and haunting remnants of Jim Crow juvenile justice. His current projects examine histories of racial violence, their legacies, and implications for repair. These include the The Racial Violence Archive, a digital resource for research, teaching, and engagement, and the exhibition Truths and Reckonings: The Art of Transformative Racial Justice,” a teaching gallery at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University on exhibition in Spring 2020 (from February 7 to April 19, 2020).
Geoff Ward, Nick Petersen, Aaron Kupchik, and James Pratt (2019). "Historic Lynching and Corporal Punishment in Contemporary Southern Schools." Social Problems
David Cunningham, Geoff Ward and Peter Owens (2019). "Configuring Political Repression: Anti-Civil Rights Enforcement in Mississippi." Mobilization: An International Quarterly
Pérez, R. and Ward, G. (2019). "From Insult to Estrangement and Injury: The Violence of Racist Police Jokes." American Behavioral Scientist, 0002764219842617. LINK
Ward, G. (2018). "Living Histories of White Supremacist Policing," Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, 15(1). LINK
Ward, G. and P. Hanink (2017). "Deliberating Racial Justice: Towards Racially Democratic Crime Control." In J. Jackson and J. Jacobs (eds.), Handbook of Criminal Justice Ethics. New York: Routledge. LINK
Ward, G. (2016). "Microclimates of Racial Meaning: Historical Racial Violence and Environmental Impacts." Wisconsin Law Review, 575. LINK
Spring 2020 Art Exhibit
Truths & Reckonings: The Art of Transformative Racial Justice
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis
February 7, 2020 - April 19, 2020
A teaching gallery exploring the roles of art works and art spaces in addressing histories of racial violence and their legacies. The exhibit supplements the Fall 2019 course, Histories of Racial Violence, Legacies, and Reckonings, and is open to the public. For more details, visit:
AFAS event page