Current Position: Deputy Director of Planning, City of Stamford, CT
David W. Woods is a sociologist and urban planner who specializes in urban and political sociology, global civic engagement, contemporary social movements, and urban planning. Dr. Woods is currently the Deputy Director of Planning for the City of Stamford, CT. Since leaving Fordham, he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning and sociology as an adjunct professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering (2013 to present), Queens College/CUNY (2009 – 2013), New School University (2011), Rutgers University (2011), and Southern Connecticut State University (where he taught as a Visiting Professor 2011-2013).
Dr. Woods served on the American Planning Association’s Board of Directors as the Director for the Northeast United States and Canada and continues to be very active in the American Sociological Association (ASA). He earned his PhD in Sociology from Fordham University; as well as a BA in Political Science from California State University at Hayward, an MA in Government from the University of Maryland, and an MS in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University. His recent book Democracy Deferred: Civic Leadership after 9/11 (Palgrave Macmillan 2012), focuses on developing an experienced-based planning framework for building better communities, while discussing the lessons learned in trying to influence decision-makers in rebuilding the World Trade Center and Lower Manhattan after the terrorists attacks on September 11, 2001.
In addition, he recently had published three book chapters: “George Herbert Mead on the Social Bases of Democracy,” is included in George Herbert Mead in the 21st Century (Lexington Books 2013), “Persuasion and Compulsion in Democratic Urban Planning,” is included in Persuasion and Compulsion in Democracy (Lexington Books 2013) and “Democratic Community Participation: Bernstein between Dewey and an Achieved Deeply Democratic Future” in Rekindling Pragmatism’s Fire: Richard J. Bernstein And The Pragmatic Turn In Contemporary Philosophy, Judith M. Green, ed. (2014 by Palgrave Macmillan). His article, “A Pragmatist Philosophy of the City: Dewey, Mead and Contemporary Best Practices,” was published in Cognitio-Estudos, Vol. 9, No. 1 (July 2012).