Amelia M. Wirts is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington, Seattle. Amelia's areas of specialization are philosophy of law and social and political philosophy, and she also works in feminism and philosophy of race. Specifically, Amelia's work focuses on the ways that legal systems can oppress along racial, class, gender, and other lines, as well as how to understand systemic and structural oppression. Amelia's current work focuses on the American Criminal Justice System, including policing, punishment, and adjudication.
Amelia also works in critical theory, particularly the later Frankfurt School. She has published and taught on Habermas's work, especially his work on philosophy of law. She also has interests in liberalism and criticisms of liberalism, critical race theory and critical race feminism, and the failures and successes of anti-discrimination law.
Amelia is also a graduate of Boston College Law School (2017) and a member of the Massachusetts bar (2018). She pursued her law degree as a part of a dual degree program in philosophy and law at Boston College, where she focused on civil rights and anti-discrimination law. She also spent 2017-2018 clerking for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- Wirts, A.M. Book Review of Matthew C. Altman, A Theory of Legal Punishment: Deterrence, Retribution, and the Aims of the State Law and Philos 42, 205–210 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10982-022-09470-w
- Wirts, A.M. (2023). "Is Crime Caused by Illness, Immorality, or Injustice? Theories of Punishment in the Twentieth and Early Twenty-First Centuries" In: Altman, M.C. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook on the Philosophy of Punishment.https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-11874-6_4
- Wirts, Amelia M., José Jorge Mendoza. "The Undermining Mechanisms of ‘Rule of Law’ Objections: A Response to Song and Bloemraad" The Ethics of Migration Policy Dilemmas Project, Migration Policy Centre (MPC), European University Institute (2022): 1-5.
- Wirts, A.M. (2023). What does it mean to say "The Criminal Justice System is Racist?" American Philosophical Quarterly 60.4. 341-354 Download PDF (142.18 KB)
- Amelia Wirts Discusses Consequences for Bad Actors in the Restaurant World - March 28, 2023
- Amelia Wirts interviewed about Supreme Court leak - May 17, 2022
- José Jorge Mendoza and Amelia Wirts featured at Ethics of Immigration Enforcement Symposium at Rock Ethics Institute - March 15, 2022
- Amelia Wirts discusses implicit bias in criminal sentencing - October 15, 2021
- Amelia Wirts on police and systematic oppression in the United States - September 2, 2021
- Faculty Summer Reading Recommendations 2021 - June 14, 2021
- Interview with Professor Amelia Wirts - November 12, 2020
- Faculty Summer Reading Recommendations 2020 - June 25, 2020