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Teaching & Research Fields

  • U.S. Politics and Government
  • Gender, Race, & Citizenship
  • Social Movements
  • Research Methods & Analysis in Political Science and Feminist Studies
  • Public Policy (U.S. Drug Policy Reform & Gendered Violence)
  • The American Presidency and Congress
  • Law & Society
  • Service-Learning and Applied Politics
 
Recent publication:

Rape, Apology, and the Business of Title IX Compliance

Politics, Groups, and Identities Vol. 5 , Issue 1, pgs. 182-196, 2017

Abstract

This essay discusses the body politics of the contemporary student anti-rape movement, using the widely publicized 2016 case of Stanford Olympic hopeful and convicted sexual predator Brock Turner as an analytical departure point. My objective is to place the raced and gendered discourses of the Stanford case in the broader political debate about the rape crisis and Title IX compliance in higher education. My reading of the Stanford case and the cultural commentary generated by the rape survivor’s letter suggests that students would be better served if university administrators (1) recognize that sexual assault has been normalized on their campuses, particularly in college athletics and fraternities, (2) acknowledge the dignity of student survivors of sexual violence by offering an institutional apology, and (3) initiate substantive cultural reforms that extend beyond Title IX legal compliance. Full article available here.