Erika L. Wood is a Professor of Law at New York Law School where she directs the Voting Rights and Civic Participation Project. Prior to joining NYLS, Professor Wood was a Deputy Director at the Brennan Center for Justice where she designed and launched major reform campaigns around the country and provided legal counsel and strategic guidance to advocates, legislators, and policymakers nationwide. She created the Brennan Center Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Advisory Council as well as the Center’s Communities of Faith Initiative.
Professor Wood has litigated complex civil rights cases in the areas of employment discrimination, voting rights and health privacy. She is a frequent speaker and commentator on voting rights, criminal justice reform and racial justice issues. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets across the country, including The New York Times, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Public Radio.
In 2012, Professor Wood was recognized as one of the “most accomplished and innovative campaign and elections experts in the country” by the website topwonks.org. In 2009, Professor Wood was awarded the Eric. R. Neisser Public Interest Award by Rutgers Law School in recognition of her efforts to carry forward the law school’s mission of providing liberty and justice for all.
Professor Wood previously taught as an adjunct professor in the Public Policy Advocacy Clinic at New York University School of Law. She was also an attorney with the Legal Action Center where she worked on HIV/AIDS discrimination and privacy issues as well as criminal justice policy. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Stephen Skillman, Presiding Judge of the New Jersey Appellate Division. Professor Wood earned her B.A. cum Laude from New York University and her J.D. with honors from Rutgers Law School where she was appointed to the order of the coif.