Geoff Ward is Professor of African and African-American Studies, Sociology and American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. His scholarship focuses on the racial politics of social control and pursuit of racial justice, historically and today. He has published numerous research articles and essays on these topics and is the author of The Black Child-Savers: Racial Democracy and Juvenile Justice (University of Chicago Press, 2012), an award-winning study of the rise, fall, and haunting remnants of Jim Crow juvenile justice.
His current projects focus on histories of racist violence, contemporary legacies, and advancing redress. Alongside related research and teaching he pursues creative projects such as 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 2019 exhibition at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University, to increase the visibility and impact of this work. He is also a member of the Reparative Justice Coalition of St. Louis, a community-based organization working to address legacies of racial terror and to advance transformative racial justice.