UW Tacoma faculty are doing research on a variety of important and engaging questions of law and the legal system. Faculty are available for public speaking and community education. Choose a theme to see the details of our faculty's research work.
Dr. Beasley is a community psychologist and activist who conducts community-engaged applied research on the social and psychological factors that facilitate and hinder transitions from prison to college.
Dr. Ross is a psychologist engaged in applied social cognition research, and is interested in understanding how the social and cognitive processes associated with memory and decision-making influence actions within the criminal legal system.
Dr. Miller’s research analyzes how various works by Native American writers—including Mourning Dove, D’arcy McNickle, Louise Erdrich, Leslie Marmon Silko and Sherman Alexie—engage the ways in which federal laws attempt to limit Native American tribal sovereignty. She is also currently writing a book about Puyallup Tribal sovereignty.
Dr. Taufen Wessell’s research focuses on planning for sustainable urban development, with two main areas of policy interest: narrative constructions of urban spatial policy, and public access to urban waterways
Dr. Yerena’s current and future research interests fall within the domain of affordable housing policy in the U.S. and Latin America, specifically the development of housing policies and locational choice of housing
Dr. Griesse's main areas of research include social movements in Latin America, with a focus on Brazil; transversal and transnational studies on gender; and social responsibility within emerging nations.
Dr. Nascimento is a philosopher specializing in Critical Theory, Discourse Theory and Discourse Ethics (focusing on the works of Juergen Habermas and Karl-Otto Apel). His work applies to Human Rights and Cosmopolitanism, German Philosophy (Kant, Habermas), Latin American Philosophy (Dussel), Applied Ethics and Environmental Philosophy.
Dr. Kayaoglu's research focuses on intersection of religion, human rights, and international relations theory. He is particularly interested in how Islamic actors advance their goals in international organizations.