Ph D., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006; M.S., Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991; B.S., Social Work, Southwest Missouri State University, 1989
Race and Inequality; Agriculture, Food, and Technology; International Development and Inequality; Historical Sociology; State Theory; Civil Society and Democracy
Dr. Wood is interested in inequality with a particular penchant for historical inquiries. Substantively the bulk of my work concerns the experiences of rural Blacks under Jim Crow, through the Civil Rights era, and today. Although he has also worked in the areas of the sociology of knowledge, intellectual history, rural sociology, and the sociology of agriculture. In his dissertation, he examined how landowning rural Blacks undergird key components of the Mississippi civil rights movement. Dr. Wood is currently working on two related projects. The first is a book length study of black culture in Memphis with a focus on the roles of carnival, music, and the arts. The second is a project documenting memories of violence among Mississippians who grew up during Jim Crow.