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Prior, Sarah, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Sociology Department


Curriculum Vitae


Sarah Prior is a fixed-term Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department. Her research focuses on issues of gender based violence broadly with emphasis in areas of campus sexual violence, sexuality, gender, hookup culture, critical youth studies, and sexual media including pornography use by young people and it’s impact on sexual expectations.

Sarah earned a bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University. She holds a Master’s in Applied Sociology and Master’s Certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University’s School of Social Transformation.

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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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