Dr. Theresa Rocha Beardall is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. She completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at Cornell University in 2019 and her J.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014. Dr. Rocha Beardall’s research bridges the areas of race, law, inequality, policing, family policing, indigeneity, and tribal sovereignty. Her scholarship is motivated by a commitment to better understand how law, legal institutions, and legal actors marginalize select racial groups in order to help reduce and reverse these systemic inequalities. Her research has appeared in Criminology, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, the Columbia Journal of Race and Law, and the American Indian Culture and Research Journal among other venues. She is currently working on her first book examining the political economy of policing in race-class subjugated communities and conducting a three-year study funded by the William T. Grant Foundation exploring how tribal sovereignty can be leveraged to protect Native youth and families in the child welfare system.
- Rocha Beardall, Theresa. 2023. “Abolition as Praxis and Virtual Community Based Learning.” Teaching Sociology,51(1):79-91.
- Rocha Beardall, Theresa. 2022. "Police Legitimacy Regimes and the Suppression of Citizen Oversight in Response to Police Violence." Criminology. 60(4):1-26.
- Rocha Beardall, Theresa. 2022. “Settler Simultaneity and Anti-Indigenous Racism at Land-Grant Universities.”Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. 8(1):197-212.
- Rocha Beardall, Theresa. 2021. “Sovereignty Threat: Loreal Tsingine, Policing, and the Intersectionality ofIndigenous Death.” Nevada Law Journal. 21(3):1025-1060.
- Theresa Rocha Beardall receives NDIAS faculty fellowship - April 11, 2022
- Continuing the Tradition: Teaching Fellows Create a “Teaching Toolkit” for UW Sociology - October 5, 2021
- Sociology Welcomes New Faculty Members - September 23, 2021