Thuy Anh Tran

Political repression against movements and political dissidents is usually associated with the police, military, and intelligence agencies. Yet, the U.S. historical record is replete with examples of governmental actors conspiring with, directing, or tacitly condoning non-governmental actors like the press, religious leaders, businesses, social clubs, and militias engaged in their own repressive campaigns. How do these repressive efforts proliferate so far beyond governmental actors, to form a seemingly totalizing web of repression? T.A.’s dissertation presents a theory of “networked repression” as a novel way of conceptualizing and contextualizing the repressive forces against which activists contend. Through their investigation of countermobilizations against the International Workers Order and the Black Panther Party, T.A. identifies the pathways through which the work of repression is diffused and distributed, and explores its implications for state power and movement building. When they are not dissertating, T.A. organizes with anti-imperialist movements. They have penned an award-winning study, “‘I Think God is a Feminist: Art and Action By Orthodox Jewish Women,” published by the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion