Geoff Ward’s scholarship examines racial politics of social control, and the pursuit of racial justice, historically and today.
Ward's studies address evolving dynamics of racial violence, conflict, and inequality; the racial politics of youth justice; and social movement, labor, and policy efforts to advance racial justice. 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.
Ward is the author of the The Black Child-Savers: Racial Democracy and Juvenile Justice (University of Chicago Press, 2012), an award-winning book on the rise, fall, and remnants of Jim Crow Juvenile Justice. His current project examines historical racial violence, its legacies, and reckonings today.