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Faculty Profiles: Wood, Frank

This guide provides information on Bethune-Cookman University faculty, including their research interests, accomplishments and activities, and brief biographical details.

Dr. Frank Wood

Dr. Frank Wood

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
Office Location: Harrison Rhodes (HR) 407
Office Phone: 386-481-2474
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  •  B.S., Sociology, Old Dominion University, May 2014
  •  M.A., Applied Sociology, Old Dominion University, August 2016
  • Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, Old Dominion University, December 2020


Brief Biographical Sketch

Frank R. Wood, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the Department of Criminal
Justice at Bethune-Cookman University. In this role, Dr. Wood teaches undergraduate courses in
criminal justice. These courses include Ethics, Crime, and Justice, Victimology, Criminology, Color of Law,
Race, Ethnicity, Crime, and Justice, Methodologies and Research Writing in Criminal Justice, and Senior Seminar.

Dr. Wood also teaches undergraduate courses in sociology. These courses include Race and Ethnicity,
Sociological Theory, Gender Studies, and Social Stratification.
Dr. Wood also serves as one of the faculty
advisors for the Bethune-Cookman University student chapters of the National Association of
Blacks in Criminal Justice and Democracy Fellows.

Research Interests

  • Race, Inequality, Crime, and Justice
  • Microaggressions and Education
  • Cyberbullying
  •  Female Drug Smuggling
  • Violence Against Prison Officers
  • Prisoner Reentry


Wood, F., Ben-Edet, E., & Blackman, K. (2022). “Diversity in Criminal Justice Administration:
Addressing Microaggressions in the Criminal Justice System.” Annual Meeting of the Academy of
Criminal Justice Sciences. Washington, DC.

Greene, H.T., Yusef, K., & Wood, F. (2022). “HBCU CJ Consortium: The Future of Criminology and
Criminal Justice Studies at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).” Annual Meeting of
the American Society of Criminology. Atlanta, GA.

Yusef, K., Wood, F., & Gardner, J. (2022). “Bridging Black and Blue: Having the Courage to Create
Change Through Collaboration and Cooperation.” Annual Meeting of the National Association of
Blacks in Criminal Justice. Concord, NC.

Wood, F. (2021). “Reimagining CJ 206 A: Ethics, Crime, and Justice – Quality Enhancement Plan
Introduction (College of Arts and Humanities).” 2021 Virtual Fall Faculty & Staff Institute. Bethune
Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL.

Yusef, K., Wood, F., Williams, B., & Williams, R. (2021). “Bridging the Black and Blue: A Pathway
Towards Police Accountability and Transparency.” Annual Meeting of the National Association of
Blacks in Criminal Justice. Virtual.

Wood, F., and White, D. (2020). “Policing the Freedom to Assemble: A Discussion on the Response of
Police to the Capitol Rioters.” Bethune Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL.


Wood, F. &; Sumter, M. (2023). Racial Socialization and the Resilience of African
American Youth Confronting Differential Treatment in the Classroom. Revise and
Resubmit, The Journal of Race and Policy

Sumter, M., Wood, F., & Whitaker, I. (2022). The Seduction of a Drug Mule: Drug
Trafficking Among Female Offenders. Journal of Drug Issues.

Wood, F., Bennett, A., & Monk-Turner, E. (2019). Visibly Unknown: Media Depiction of
Murdered Transgendered Women of Color. Race and Justice.

Sumter, M., Whitaker, I., Berger-Hill, D., & Wood, F. (2018). Her Caribbean Blues: The Female Prison
Experience in Trinidad and Tobago. Scholarly Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, 1(3), 1-10.

Wood, F. & Graham, R. (2018). “Safe” and “At-Risk”: Cyberbullying Victimization and Deviant
Health Risk Behaviors in Youth. Youth & Society.

Graham, R. & Wood, F. (2018). Associations between Cyberbullying Victimization and Deviant
Health Risk Behaviors. The Social Science Journal.

Sumter, M., Wood, F., Whitaker, I., & Berger-Hill, D. (2018). Religion and Crime Studies: Assessing
What Has Been Learned.  Religions, 9(6), 193.

Wood, F. & Graham, R. (2017). More Than Cultural Racism: The Complexity of
White Racial Beliefs in the 21st Century. Journal of Race and Policy, 13(1), 1-23.

Sumter, M., Berger-Hill, D., Whitaker, I., & Wood, F. (2017). Mule Tales: An Exploration of motives
among female drug smugglers. Journal of Global Engagement and Transformation, 1(1), 1-30.


Wood, F. & Yusef, K. “Voter Friendly Campus Legislative Grant.” Campus Vote Project. $5,000.