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American Studies
New York University
New York University
American Cultural Studies
Western Washington University


Emily Thuma is the Fred and Dorothy Haley Associate Professor of Humanities and an associate professor of politics and law at the University of Washington Tacoma, as well as an adjunct associate professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington Seattle.

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. She is the author of All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence (University of Illinois Press), which won the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Best Book in LGBTQ Studies and was a finalist for the 2020 Mary Nickliss Prize for Best Book in Gender and Women’s History from the Organization of American Historians and the 2020 Lora Romero Prize for Best First Book in American Studies from the American Studies Association. Prior to joining the faculty of UW Tacoma in 2019, Thuma 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
TPOLS 355 Reproductive Politics, Law, and Justice
T LAW 348 Gender and Law
T LAW 363 Law in Society
T LAW 452 Race, Ethnicity, and Law
T POLS 480 Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs Capstone Seminar (Topic: The Carceral United States)