Emily Gaarder, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Sociology Anthropology
Office Location: 213 Cina Hall
Office Phone: 218-726-7094
Email: egaarder@d.umn.edu



Dr. Emily Gaarder is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology/Anthropology Department at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Emily earned her Ph.D. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University, her M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Cincinnati, and her B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Morris. She has worked in a variety of jobs in the criminal justice system, including restorative justice programs, victim services, and offender treatment. She spent several years as a wilderness counselor for adolescent girls in a correctional setting that combined residential treatment with experiential, adventure-based rehabilitation.

Emily teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in women and justice, restorative justice, conflict and violence, social movements, animals and society, and qualitative research methods. The touchstone for her research, teaching, and social activism is the prevention of, and response to, injustice and oppression in society. This both informs and inspires her interest in examining and imagining alternative social policies, and the possibility of individual and collective acts in the spirit of justice.

Her scholarship ranges from gender and crime, to restorative justice and peacemaking criminology, to social movements (especially animal rights, environmental, and anti-globalization). Her work has been published in journals such as Criminology, Gender & Society, Justice Quarterly, Social Justice, and Women & Criminal Justice. She is currently working on a book about women and animal rights activism.

Beyond the university, Emily is active in numerous organizations working on social justice and nonviolence, including the creation of safe housing for women and companion animals escaping domestic violence, and public education on the link between violence against women and violence against animals. She is also a trained mediator, and has worked with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office of Victim-Offender Mediation, civil mediation units, and Men as Peacemakers in Duluth.



Master of Arts in Criminology

Department of Sociology Anthropology


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