Emily Gaarder, Ph.D.
Welcome to my website! I am an Assistant Professor in the Sociology/Anthropology Department at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. I earned my 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. I have worked in a variety of jobs in the criminal justice system, including restorative justice programs, victim services, and offender treatment. I also spent several years as a wilderness counselor for adolescent girls in a correctional setting that combined residential treatment with experiential, adventure-based rehabilitation.
I teach 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 my research, teaching, and social activism is the prevention of, and response to, injustice and oppression in society. This both informs and inspires my interest in imagining alternative social policies and the possibility of individual and collective acts in the spirit of justice.
My scholarship ranges from gender and crime, to restorative justice and peacemaking, to social movements and protest (especially animal rights & environmental justice). My work has been published in journals such as Criminology, Gender & Society, Justice Quarterly, Social Justice, and Women & Criminal Justice, and Animals & Society. I am currently working on a book about women and animal rights activism.
Beyond the university, I am active in numerous organizations working on social justice and nonviolence, including restorative justice programs, peace coalitions, environmental issues, and animal advocacy. I am also a trained mediator and circle keeper, and have worked with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office of Victim-Offender Mediation, as well as civil mediation units. I currently work with Men as Peacemakers in Duluth, MN, co-facilitating restorative circles with youth, families, and the community regarding crime, repairing harm, and preventing violence.
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