J. Luke Wood

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J. Luke Wood
Jonathan Luke Wood

(1982-02-21) February 21, 1982 (age 36)
Alma materCalifornia State University, Sacramento (B.A.)
California State University, Sacramento (M.A.)
Arizona State University (P.H.D)
Era20th-/21st-century philosophy
RegionWestern Philosophy
SchoolAfrican-American studies

Jonathan Luke Wood[1] (born February 21, 1982), known professionally as J. Luke Wood, is an American social scientist, author,[2][3] and the Dean's Distinguished Professor of Education at San Diego State University . He is consistent voice[4][5][6][7] on leadership theory and black male achievement in the American community colleges system. Wood is a Professor at San Diego State University and Co-Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL), a national research and practice center that partners with community colleges on issues regarding men of color.[8][9] CCEAL hosts the National Consortium on College Men of Color (NCCMC), a professional development consortium for member community colleges.[10]

Wood is a co-director of the Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement (CORA),[11][12] a professional development organization that claims to support educational professionals in advancing their capacity to serve historically underrepresented and underserved students. In 2013, Wood received the Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholar Award from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges of the American Association of Community Colleges.

Wood earned his Ph.D. in 2010 from Arizona State University (ASU) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in Higher Education. He also holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education from ASU as well as a M.A. in Student Affairs and B.A. in Black History and Politics from California State University, Sacramento.

Black Minds Matter[edit]

In 2017, Wood taught a nationally broadcast course titled “Black Minds Matter: A Focus on Black Boys and Men in Education.” The course was streamed to a registered audience of 10,000 learners who participated as individuals and at 260 live broadcast and replay sites[13] across the nation. Each session included commentary from Wood and featured guest speakers such as Shaun R. Harper, Ilyasah Shabazz, Patrisse Cullors, Jerlando F. L. Jackson, S. Lee Merritt, and Frank Harris III[14][15]. A review of each week of the course was released in HuffPost[16][17][18][19][20][21][22] According to the public syllabus, the course was “Black Minds Matter is a public course designed to increase the national consciousness about issues facing Black boys and men in education. The course draws parallels between issues faced by Black males in society and the ways that Black minds are engaged in the classroom.[23][24][25][26]” The course was panned by conservatives as a propaganda for the Black Lives Matter movement[27] and resulted in Wood being listed as one of 15 “Teachers vs. Preachers” professors for conservative students to avoid[28]. Wood indicated that the course was offered as a response to the shooting of Alfred Olango by police officers in El Cajon California, near San Diego[29].


Wood has authored over 100 publications, including seven co-authored books, six edited books, and more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles. Some of his books include:


  1. ^ "Luke Wood | SDSU". newscenter.sdsu.edu. Retrieved 2016-06-09.
  2. ^ "7 Things You Didn't Know About Dr. J. Luke Wood". Informed and Inspired. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  3. ^ Moore, A.W. "Dr. J. Luke Wood's book reaches important Amazon.com milestone". Interworks Institute. San Diego State University. Archived from the original on 2016-06-30.
  4. ^ "Encouraging faculty to be 'intrusive'". www.ccdaily.com. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  5. ^ "Teaching how to reach men of color". www.ccdaily.com. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  6. ^ "Mentoring College Men of Color: Three Strategies for Designing Successful Programs". The Huffington Post. 2015-04-03. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  7. ^ "Developing successful black male initiatives". www.ccdaily.com. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  8. ^ Gose, Ben. "On U.S. Campuses, Networking and Nurturing to Retain Black Men". New York Times.
  9. ^ Elko, Natalia. "Helping Men of Color Succeed". San Diego State. San Diego State News Center.
  10. ^ Wood, Dr. J. Luke. "Free community college and supporting boys and men of color". The Hetchinger Report.
  11. ^ "Community Colleges Embracing Retention Initiative for Men of Color by Focusing on Others". The Huffington Post. 2015-09-16. Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  12. ^ Warth, Gary. "Closing achievement gap faced by men of color". San Diego Tribune.
  13. ^ "SDSU Professor Challenges Concept Widely Embraced By Educators". www.kpbs.org. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  14. ^ "Black Lives Matter Movement Inspires SDSU Class On Black Minds In Education". www.kpbs.org. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  15. ^ "Critics Oppose New College Course Inspired by Black Lives Matter". www.atlantablackstar.com. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  16. ^ "Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Declares that Schools "Have Been Turned into Spaces of Criminalization"". www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  17. ^ "Leading Black Male Scholar Levies Indictment of "Insidious" Intercollegiate Athletics". www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  18. ^ "Renowned Professor Calls for "Desegregation of Gifted Education"". www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  19. ^ "Leading Professor Contends that "Many Teachers are 'Sympathetic Destroyers' of Black Boys Dreams"". www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  20. ^ "Daughter of Malcolm X Decries Evidence of Supremacy in Curriculum". www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  21. ^ "Prominent Professor Argues that Teacher Educators Can't Prepare Teachers for School Settings They've Never Been To". www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  22. ^ "Year in Review: Ten Things We Learned About the Education of Black Males in 2017". www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  23. ^ "Black Lives Matter College Course Slammed For Promoting 'Violence And Segregation'". www.newsone.com. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  24. ^ "Black Minds Matter Syllabus" (PDF). www.jlukewood.com. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  25. ^ "BLM-inspired college course labeled as recruitment tool". www.onenewsnow.com. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  26. ^ "'Black Minds Matter' under fire from conservative group". www.sandiegouniontribune.com. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  27. ^ "Black Lives Matter college course faces sharp criticism". www.foxnews.com. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  28. ^ "College Republicans at San Diego State Single Out Profs They Say Indoctrinate Students". www.legalinsurrection.com. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  29. ^ "Black Minds Matter" (PDF). www.jlukewood.com. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  30. ^ Wood, J. L., & Harris III, F. (2016). Teaching boys and young men of color: A guidebook.
  31. ^ "Teaching Boys and Young Men of Color Guidebook". M2C3. 2016-06-03. Retrieved 2016-06-09.
  32. ^ Wood, J. L., Harris III, F., & White, K. (2015). Teaching men of color in the community college: A guidebook.
  33. ^ "Stylus/Stylus Publishing – Advancing Black Male Student Success From Preschool Through Ph.D." sty.presswarehouse.com. Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  34. ^ "Black Men in Higher Education: A Guide to Ensuring Student Success (Paperback) – Routledge". Routledge.com. Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  35. ^ "IAP / Book / Ethical Leadership and the Community College". www.infoagepub.com. Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  36. ^ "Black Male Collegians: Increasing Access, Retention, and Persistence in Higher Education: ASHE Higher Education Report 40:3".
  37. ^ "IAP / Book / STEM Models of Success". www.infoagepub.com. Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  38. ^ "Stylus/Stylus Publishing – Leadership Theory and the Community College: Applying Theory to Practice". sty.presswarehouse.com. Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  39. ^ "Community Colleges and STEM: Examining Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities (Hardback) – Routledge". Routledge.com. Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  40. ^ "Black Men in College: Implications for HBCUs and Beyond (Paperback) – Routledge". Routledge.com. Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  41. ^ "IAP / Book / Black Males in Postsecondary Education". www.infoagepub.com. Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  42. ^ "Community College Leadership and Administration". www.peterlang.com. Archived from the original on 2015-05-31. Retrieved 2016-05-28.