Department of Sociology
Additional Positions at AUInstructor, JLS 526-001 Domestic Violence (Spring, 2013)
Instructor, WGSS 350-001 Gender and Violence (Fall, 2011)
Committee Member, Sexual Assault Policy Work Group
Ms. Palmer graduated with a Ph.D. from the Department of Justice, Law & Society in May 2013 (second field: Public Policy). The focus of her dissertation was the role of bystanders in intervening in sexual assault and dating violence on a college campus. She is currently in the process of evaluating the Green Dot bystander intervention program at two small, private universities.
She is a post-doctoral associate at the Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) at the Rutgers University School of Social Work. At VAWC, she is analyzing data from a longitudinal and experimental evaluation of a campus-based bystander intervention and sexual violence prevention program called SCREAM Theater.
From June 2010 - May 2013, she was a research associate at the National Institute of Justice where she worked on a program of research on violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women.
Prior to entering American University's doctoral program in Justice, Law and Society, Ms. Palmer worked as a prevention educator, youth worker, victim advocate, children and teen counselor, social worker, program manager and executive director in non-profits working to prevent or intervene in intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and/or child abuse and neglect. She has served as a board member, consultant, trainer and grant writer for anti-violence non-profits and has assisted with the development of several community-based peer-to-peer initiatives focusing on the specific needs of underserved survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence.
Her research interests include the prevention of gender-based violence, help-seeking by survivors of gender-based violence from marginalized communities, legal/policy responses to gender-based violence and measurement issues in violence against women research.
DegreesMaster of Social Work, Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Smith College
Favorite Spot on Campus:Bender Library, The Dav
Favorite Place in Washington DC:Busboys and Poets
Book Currently Reading:Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo; The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Languages Spoken:English, Spanish, Spanglish
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- Recent blog post on bystander intervention and violence against women by Jane Palmer
- NIJ's Program of Research on Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women
- Rutgers School of Social Work's Center on Violence Against Women & Children
- Jane's "violence is preventable and not inevitable" Facebook page