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Darcy, Kathleen, MA, JD
Doctoral Candidate, School of Criminal Justice

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Kathleen Darcy is a doctoral student with the School of Criminal Justice. Her research interests center on the intersection of women and gender-based violence, the law, civil rights, and institutions, with a focus on prisons. Kathleen is passionate about interdisciplinary work and examining how the law impacts those impacted by sexual violence. She received her BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan in 2009. She received her Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law in 2013 with a focus on gender inequality, addiction, and the legal profession, and is licensed to practice law in the state of Michigan. In 2017, she finished her MA at University of Chicago with an interdisciplinary focus on law, criminal justice, history, and human rights. Her work has appeared in Pepperdine Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Criminal Justice Policy Review.

Kathleen recently had a law review article accepted in Women’s Rights Law Reporter. The article focuses on gaps in federal policy, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) surrounding investigations of staff sexual misconduct of women in prison. It will be published in 2020.

About RCGV

MSU’s Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence faculty and staff are dedicated to research and outreach initiatives related to ending and preventing gender-based violence and improving the community response to survivors. RCGV faculty are committed to mentoring the next generation of gender-based violence researchers by providing substantial educational and employment opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students.

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a significant and widespread social problem internationally, devastating adults, children, families and societies across the globe. It includes any form of harm that is both a consequence and cause of gender power inequities. It can be physical, psychological, sexual, economic, or sociocultural, and includes but is not limited to sexual abuse, rape, intimate partner abuse, incest, sexual harassment, stalking, femicide, trafficking, gendered hate crimes and dowry abuse. Gender-based violence intersects with race-based, class-based or religiously oppressive forms of abuse, and cross-cuts many other social problems (e.g., poverty, substance abuse, mental and physical health, crime).

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