- Awards & Honors
Teaching Interests & Areas
She teaches courses on American cultural and intellectual history, on U.S. southern history, and on historical methods and research.
Research Interests & Areas
Professor Wood specializes in American cultural and intellectual history in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the history of the U.S. South. She is the author of Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890-1940 (University of North Carolina Press, 2009), which examines visual representations of lynching and the construction of white supremacy in the Jim Crow era. Lynching and Spectacle won the Lillian Smith Book Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in History. Her most recent book is Crime and Punishment in the Jim Crow South (University of Illinois Press, 2019), co-edited with Natalie Ring (UT-Dallas). She is also the co-guest editor of issue of Mississippi Quarterly on lynching, representation, and memory (2008) and the editor of the volume on violence for the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (University of North Carolina Press, 2011). Her current book project, "Sympathy for the Devil: The Criminal in the American Imagination" (under contract, Oxford University Press) is an intellectual and cultural history of crime and punishment at the turn of the twentieth century.
Outstanding College Service Award - Humanities
Outstanding College Teacher Award - Social Sciences
Outstanding College Researcher Award - Social Sciences
Best Article in the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era for 2012-2013
Excellence Award for Outstanding Scholarship
Lillian Smith Book Award
Los Angeles Times Book Award in History
"'Somebody Do Something!': Lynching Photographs, Historical Memory, and the Possibility of Sympathetic Spectatorship," The European Journal of American Studies 14:4 (Winter 2019)