Heather Turcotte, PhD

Associate Professor

Crime & Justice Studies

Curriculum Vitae



Liberal Arts 399I


2008University of California, Santa CruzPhD in Politics (Feminist Studies)
1997The George Washington UniversityBA in International Relations - Africana Studies


  • CJS 190 Introduction to Crime and the Justice System
  • CJS 315 Research Methods
  • CJS 345 Environments of Justice/CJS/WGS 321 Women, Crime & the Law
  • CJS/BLS/WGS 380 Abolitionism
  • CJS 400 Capstone/CJS 450 Internship




Research interests

  • Africana/American/Critical Ethnic studies
  • Feminist Studies/Critical Legal Studies
  • Geopolitics and International Studies
  • Transnational Justice and Abolitionism
  • Transdisciplinary Methods and Pedagogies

Select publications

Turcotte, Heather M. (2016).
Economies of Conflict: Reflecting on the (Re)Production of 'War Economies
Gender and Development: Critical Engagements in Feminist Theory and Practice, 476-494.

Agathangelou, Anna M., Dana M. Olwan, Tamara L. Spira, and Heather M. Turcotte (2015).
Sexual Divestments from Empire: Women’s Studies, Institutional Feelings, and the “Odious” Machine
Feminist Formations, 27(3), 139-167.

Turcotte, Heather M. (2014).
Feminist Asylums and Acts of Dreaming
Feminist Theory, 15(2), 141-160.

Dr. Heather M. Turcotte is committed to anti-oppressive transnational feminist approaches to decolonizing academia, the interstate system, and daily exchange. Dr. Turcotte is the Executive Editor of the Journal of Feminist Scholarship and is on the Editorial Board of The Feminist Wire Books.

At the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, she is the co-director for the Urban Studies Program with Dr. Erin Krafft, and holds affiliations with Black Studies, Sustainable Studies, and the Department of Women’s & Gender Studies. She is also a Leduc Office for Civic Engagement Service-Learning Faculty Fellow.

Dr. Turcotte’s publications focus on the historical and transnational criminalization of gendered landscapes, the politics of violence, and collective frameworks for justice and abolition. Her publications can be found on Academia and ResearchGate. Dr. Turcotte’s current book project, Petro-Sexual Politics: US Legal Expansions, Geographies of Violence, and the Critique of Justice, is under contract with the University of Georgia Press, Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation Series.

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