Amelia M. Wirts, Esq
Assistant Professor of Philosophy University of Washington
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers or They/Their/Theirs
In Fall 2020, I will begin an assistant professorship at University of Washington in Seattle, where I will be continuing research that focuses on oppression in the criminal law. I will be teaching undergraduate and graduate courses focused on philosophy of law for the 2020-2021 academic year.
In June 2020, I defended a dissertation that argues that the American criminal justice system has created a unique class of oppressed people whom I call ‘criminals.’ In the dissertation, I explore the ways that this institutional oppression works through the expressive function of law as well as though material deprivation and violence. I also argue that the fact of this oppression must be taken into account by those struggling against other kinds of oppression, including misogyny. Thus, those who seek to eliminate violence against women must take extra care when using the criminal justice system to do their work.
I am also a recent graduate of Boston College Law School (2017) and a member of the Massachusetts bar (2018). I pursued my law degree as a part of a dual degree program in philosophy and law at Boston College, and I focused on civil rights and discrimination throughout my time there. I also spent 2017-2018 clerking for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
I specialize in Social and Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Law, with concentrations in Feminism, Philosophy of Race, and Ethics.
For more on my work, please see my cv.