Emily Thuma

Assistant Professor of Politics and Law
American Studies
New York University
American Cultural Studies
Western Washington University

Emily Thuma is an interdisciplinary historian of the twentieth-century United States who works at the intersection of American studies, feminist and queer studies, critical race and ethnic studies, legal studies, and critical prison studies. Her research focuses on social movements, legal reform, and the politics and lived experience of criminalization and incarceration since the 1960s. Her book, All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence, won the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Best Book in LGBTQ Studies and was a finalist for the Organization of American Historians' 2020 Mary Nickliss Prize for Best Book in U.S. Women's and/or Gender History. Prior to joining the faculty of UW Tacoma in 2019, she was an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies and History at the University of California, Irvine.

Courses taught at UW Tacoma:
T AMST 260 Introduction to Queer Studies
T LAW 348 Gender and Law
T LAW 363 Law in Society
T LAW 452 Race, Ethnicity, and Law
T POLS 480 PPPA Seminar (Topic: Policing and Prisons in the United States)