Tanya Erzen

Tanya Erzen

Visiting Associate Professor, Religion, Spirituality, and Society

Tanya Erzen is Associate Research Professor in Religion, Spirituality, & Society and Gender & Queer Studies. She is director of the new Crime, Law, & Justice Studies minor and program and the B.A. in Liberal Studies program for Puget Sound FEPPS students at the Washington Correction Center for Women. Her writing and research focus on American religion and politics with particular interests in ethnography, gender and sexuality studies, evangelicalism, American conservatism, and critical prison studies. 

Her newest book is God in Captivity: The Rise of Faith-Based Ministries in an Age of Mass Incarceration, Beacon Press in February 2017. She is also the author of Straight to Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-Gay Movement (California, 2006), which received the Ruth Benedict Prize and the Gustave O Arlt award; Fanpire: The Religion of Twilight (Beacon Press, 2012); and co-editor of Zero Tolerance: Quality of Life and the New Police Brutality in New York City (NYU, 2001). 

She has been a 2013 Soros Justice Media fellow and a 2015 Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence. She has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, Mellon Foundation, American Association of University Women and the Social Science Research Council. 

She is the Faculty Director of the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound, an organization that provides college classes to women in Washington prisons and seeks to educate the public about educational access and incarceration. FEPPS is a Signature Initiative of the University of Puget Sound.

Selected Media on Prof. Erzen’s research

Selected Media on FEPPS and Crime, Law and Justice

BA Brown University 1995
MPHIL New York University 1998
Ph.D New York University 2002
Intro to Crime, Law & Justice CLJ 220-A 2224
Crime and Punishment CONN 318-A 2224
Liberal Arts BA Intro LBST 310-A 2224
Prisons, Gender and Education CLJ 307-A 2228
Prisons, Gender and Education REL 307-A 2228
Politics of Living and Dying REL 430-A 2228
Are Prisons Necessary? SSI1 155-A 2228

Contact Information

Wyatt 130
email terzen@pugetsound.edu