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Malloy, Tamar

Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • Tamar Malloy is a political theorist whose research focuses on the disciplinary uses of respectability. Using cases drawn from U.S. law, history, education, and popular culture, her research demonstrates how the politics of respectability have been used to provide legal and social cover for identity-based discrimination, and for structural injustice more broadly.


  • respectability, politics of respectability, school uniforms, eugenics, justice, social justice



courses taught

  • PSCI 2004 - Survey of Western Political Thought
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2023
    Studies main political philosophies and political issues of Western culture, from antiquity to 20th century.
  • PSCI 3174 - Sex, Power, and Politics: U.S. Perspectives
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Explores how norms of sex, gender, race and sexuality find expression in institutions and policies in ways that legitimize only certain individuals as political actors, certain identities as politically relevant, and certain relationships as important. Critically examines how norms may be exposed, resisted, and changed by studying the politics of the women's, gay liberation, and men's movements in the U.S. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 2004 or WGST 2000 or LGBT 2000. Same as WGST 3174.
  • PSCI 3294 - Identity Politics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2022
    What is identity? How does it shape politics, and vice-versa? What are identity politics, and how do they shape the current political landscape? This course uses political theory, law, and case studies to give a three-part introduction to related core concepts: modern and contemporary theories of identity; the legal construction of identity in the United States; and the relationship between identity, policy, and activism in U.S. history and contemporary politics.
  • PSCI 7004 - Seminar: Political Theory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Allows for intensive research in and presentation of selected topics. Introduces students to the broad context within which political ideas arise. Deals with classical and modern thought. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours for different topics.
  • PSCI 7024 - Seminar: Selected Political Theories
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Familiarizes students with selected political philosophies or theories in classical or modern political thought. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours for different topics.


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