Courtenay Daum



  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Public Law, Gender and Politics, American Government and Politics, Political Theory
  • Department:

    • Political Science and Women's Studies & Gender Research
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. Georgetown University 2004
  • Curriculum Vitae:


Courtenay W. Daum is a Professor in the Political Science Department, Affiliate Faculty with the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, Associate Faculty in the Department of Ethnic Studies, and a Fellow at the One Health Institute at Colorado State University. Daum’s research focuses on the interaction between law and society including LGBTQ politics, intersectional and feminist legal theories, and organized interest mobilization and litigation in the courts. Her recent research projects have focused attention on 1) how the criminal justice and legal systems subjugate and constrain marginalized populations including rape victims, the female intimates of drug offenders, and transgender individuals, and 2) critiques of rights mobilization and litigation as mechanisms for facilitating transformative change. Recent articles include “Marriage Equality: Assimilationist Victory or Pluralist, Defeat?  What the Struggle for Marriage Equality Tells Us About the History and the Future of LGBTQ Politics” in LGBTQ Politics: A Critical Reader (eds. Susan Burgess, Marla Brettschneider and Cricket Keating), “Counterpublics and Intersectional Radical Resistance: Agitation as a Mechanism for Transforming the Dominant Discourse” in New Political Science, and“The War on Solicitation and Intersectional Subjection: Quality-of-life Policing as a Tool to Control Transgender Populations” in New Political Science. Daum is currently finishing a book manuscript titled The Politics of Right Sex: Transgressive Bodies, Governmentality and the Limits of Trans Rights, and starting a new project on institutionalized white supremacy in the US.

Daum's courses offered at Colorado State University include POL 410: American Constitutional Law, POLS 413: U.S. Civil Rights and Liberties, POL 509: Gender and the Law, POL 500: Governmental Politics in the U.S., POLS 580: Administrative Law, and POLS 101: Introduction to American Government and Politics.


  • POLS 101: American Government and Politics

  • POLS 410: American Constitutional Law

  • POLS 413: U.S. Civil Rights and Liberties

  • POLS 509: Gender and the Law

  • POLS 500: Governmental Politics in the U.S.