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Nawyn, Stephanie J., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology; Co-Director of Academic Programs, Outreach, and Engagement, Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Sociology; Co-Director of Academic Programs, Outreach, and Engagement, Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen)
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  • 517-353-5040
  • nawyn@msu.edu

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Stephanie J. Nawyn is an associate professor in Sociology at Michigan State University. Her research and teaching areas of expertise are in gender and immigration, with a focus on forced migration, exclusion, and social inequality. Dr. Nawyn developed an interest in gendered violence during her undergraduate education, and worked for five years with Rape Victim Advocates in Chicago. She later became interested in state violence and forced migration, and conducted her doctoral research on refugee resettlement in the United States. Since coming to Michigan State, Dr. Nawyn has conducted research on community development among immigrants and the importance of social networks and social capital to immigrant and refugee incorporation, as well as the socioeconomic advancement of African-born immigrants in the United States. She is currently studying the vulnerability of Syrian refugees in Turkey to trafficking, labor exploitation, and other forms of violence.

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  • Nawyn, S.J., Birdal, N.B.K., & Glogower, N. (2013). Estimating the extent of sex trafficking. International Journal of Sociology, 43(3), 55-71.
  • Agbényiga, D. L., Barrie, S., Djelaj, V, & Nawyn, S. (2012). Expanding our community: Independent and interdependent factors impacting refugees’ successful community resettlement. [pdf] Advances in Social Work 13 (2), 306-324.
  • Nawyn, S.J., Gjokoj, L., Agbenyiga, D.F. & Grace, B. (2012). Linguistic isolation, social capital, and immigrant belonging. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 41(3), 225-281
  • Nawyn, S.J. (2011). “I have so many successful stories”: Framing social citizenship for refugees. Citizenship Studies, 15(6-7), 679-693.
  • Vanderkooy, P. & Nawyn, S.J. (2011). Identifying the battle lines: Local-national tensions in organizing for comprehensive immigration reform. American Behavioral Scientist, 55(9), 1267-1286.
  • Nawyn, S.J. (2010). Gender and migration: Integrating feminist theory into migration studies. Sociology Compass 4(9), 749-765
  • Nawyn, S.J. (2010). Institutional structures of opportunity in refugee resettlement: Gender, race/ethnicity, and refugee NGOs. Sociology and Social Welfare 37(1), 151-170

Nawyn_bookGold, S.J. and Nawyn, S.J. (eds.), (2013). The Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies. London: Routledge Press

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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