• 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, and Associate Faculty in the Department of Ethnic Studies. 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, trans individuals, and intersectionally-identified LGBTQ individuals, and 2) critiques of rights mobilization and litigation as mechanisms for facilitating transformative change. Recent articles include “Social Equity, Homonormativity, and Equality: An Intersectional Critique of the Administration of Marriage Equality and Opportunities for LGBTQ Social Justice” in Administrative Theory & Praxis, “Putting the T back in LGBTQ? Transgender Activism and Interests After Marriage Equality” in Queer Activism After Marriage Equality (eds. Joseph DeFilippis, Angela Jones, and Michael Yarbrough), and "Taking a Knee: Neoliberalism, Radical Imaginaries and the NFL Player Protest" in New Political Science.

Daum recently published two books including The Politics of Right Sex: Transgressive Bodies, Governmentality and the Limits of Trans Rights (SUNY Press, 2020), and The Constitutional and Legal Rights of Women (with Leslie F. Goldstein, Judith A. Baer, and Terri Fine, West Academic Publishing, 2019).

Daum's courses offered at Colorado State University include POL 410: American Constitutional Law, POLS 413: U.S. Civil Rights and Liberties, POLS 492: LGBTQ Politics, POLS 492: From Civil Rights to Critical Race Theory, 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.