Dr. Lawrence (Torry) Winn, J.D., M.Div., Ph.D.

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Position Title
Co-Founder & Co-Director, TJE Center

  • School of Education, UC Davis

Lawrence “Torry” Winn (Ph.D. Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, MDiv Princeton, JD Vanderbilt University Law School, and BA University of California, Berkeley) is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in Education in the School of Education at the University of California, Davis and the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Transformative Justice in Education (TJE) Center.  His program of research examines race, critical consciousness and social capital in out-of-school learning spaces and transformative justice pedagogy and practice within schools.  A trained ethnographer, Dr. Winn is interested in the relationship and dynamics between historically marginalized communities of color (BI-POC) and schools, non-profits, and government entities such as police, elected officials, etc. 

With over two decades of experience in the non-profit sector, including work with Casey Family Programs and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Dr. Winn was a member of the Race to Equity Team (R2E), which published the Race to Equity Report, a comprehensive study on racial disparities in education, criminal justice, workforce and healthcare for Black and White families in Dane County, Wisconsin.  He is the co-author of articles that have appeared in Theory into Practice,  Race and Social Problems and Adolescent Research Review. He and his wife Dr. Maisha T. Winn love to travel, read, and go for long walks and runs. Winn enjoys spending time with his two sons watching them play golf and basketball, argue over books (they love to read!!!), design and build with LEGOs, and discuss and write about current events such as COVID 19 and Black Lives Matter protest.