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Anna Terwiel
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Phone: (860) 297-5257 Office Location: Downes Memorial 211
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Trinity College faculty member since 2017 View office hours for Spring 2023
General ProfileTeachingResearchPublications/PresentationsHonors/Awards
Ph.D., Northwestern Univ.
Diplome, Ecole Normale Superieure Paris
M.A., New School for Social Research
B.A., Univ Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne

Anna Terwiel is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research lies at the intersection of political theory, feminist theory, critical carceral studies, and medical humanities. In her book project, The Challenge of Prison Abolition, Professor Terwiel examines the resurgence of abolitionist projects in the contemporary United States. In a political moment of rising authoritarianism and democratic impasse, she argues that prison abolition offers a powerful commitment to radical change and democratic freedom that deserves our close attention. Her book aims to clarify abolitionism’s goals and strengthen its outcomes by carefully engaging with its internal tensions and debates.

Before coming to Trinity, Professor Terwiel taught at Northwestern University, the Feinberg School of Medicine, and Stateville Correctional Center. In the classroom, she combines theory with case studies to help students explore the contemporary political stakes of theoretical texts. She encourages students to develop their own interpretations through writing and collaborative class discussion.