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Carlson, Melanie
Doctoral Candidate, Social Work



Curriculum Vitae


Melanie Carlson is a third-year doctoral student in the School of Social Work at Michigan State University.  She received her MSW from the University of Georgia (UGA) with a focus on community empowerment, program development, and non-profit management. Her BA is also from UGA with a double major in Film Studies and Sociology.
Her research interests encompass the phenomenon of gender-based violence and how structural barriers inhibit many survivors from living without violence and abuse, which disproportionately falls on those in marginalized populations. A particular focus is increasing access to services for survivors with poly-victimization and from an intersectional and anti-oppressive perspective.

Areas of Research

Domestic Violence, Intersectional Feminism, Poverty, Social Welfare Policy

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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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