Tanya Erzen

Tanya Erzen (born 24 June 1972)[1] is an associate professor of Religion and Gender Queer Studies at the University of Puget Sound. She is also an author with four books[2] and has written articles about religion, sexuality, gender and American conservatism. Her book Straight to Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-Gay Movement received the Ruth Benedict Prize from the American Anthropological Association and the Gustave O Arlt Award from American Anthropological Association.[2]

Erzen received a Ph.D. in American Studies from New York University in 2002 and has a B.A. in American Civilization from Brown University (1995).[1] She lives in Seattle and is the Executive Director of the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound (FEPPS), a group providing college classes to women in Washington's prisons and raising awareness about issues educational access and incarceration.[3]


  • God in Captivity: Redemption and Punishment in America's Faith-Based Prisons by Tanya Erzen, Beacon Press, 2017
  • Fanpire: The Twilight Saga and the Women Who Love it by Tanya Erzen, Beacon Press, Oct 30, 2012
  • Straight to Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-gay Movement by Tanya Erzen, University of California Press, 2006
  • Out of Exodus: The Ex-gay Movement and the Transformation of the Christian Right by Tanya Erzen, New York University, Graduate School of Arts and Science, 2002


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