Department of Sociology
Additional Positions at AUDirector, Community-Based Research Scholars program
Member, Sexual Assault Policy Work Group
Jane Palmer has a Ph.D. in Justice, Law & Society from American University and an M.S.W. from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She worked for more than a decade in community-based organizations in Holyoke, MA, Chicago and St. Louis. Before coming to AU for her Ph.D., she was the executive director of a domestic violence agency. She has also worked as a youth program manager and social worker for children and families.
Jane Palmer’s interdisciplinary research focuses on bystander intervention; policy responses to crimes against women and children; vicarious trauma; methodological, measurement and cultural competency issues in community-based research; and barriers to help-seeking/crime reporting for victims from marginalized communities. Her dissertation was on bystander intervention in dating and sexual violence situations on a college campus.
Prior to joining the AU faculty full-time, she was a post-doctoral associate at the Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) at the Rutgers University School of Social Work, where she was responsible for analyzing data from an experimental evaluation of a campus-based bystander intervention and sexual violence prevention program.
From 2010 – 2013, Dr. Palmer was a fellow at the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice where she was a key staff member on a small team of individuals responsible for designing and implementing a Congressionally-mandated program of research on violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women living in tribal communities in the U.S. She currently serves as a Technical Advisor on the National Baseline Study under this program of research, which is being implemented by American Indian Development Associates (http://aidainc.net/).
Courses taught: Gender Violence & Public Policy, Child & Family Policy, Public Program Evaluation, Qualitative & Survey Research Methods and Community-Based Research.
Policy areas of interest: social policy (violence & victimization; child welfare; higher education; anti-poverty). In particular, she is interested in how social policies positively and negatively affect people from marginalized communities.
DegreesPhD, Justice, Law & Society, American University (with a second field in Public Policy); Master of Social Work, Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago (with a concentration in children and families); Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Smith College
Favorite Spot on Campus:Bender Library, The Dav
Languages Spoken:Spanish, English, Spanglish
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- American Magazine (PDF), November 2013 issue. (See p.27 to read about Dr. Palmer's "Souvenirs of a Career")
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Palmer, J. & Chino, M. (in press). Violence in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. In C.A. Cuevas & C.M. Rennison (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook on the Psychology of Violence. West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
Palmer, J., Renner, L., Goodman, L. & Dutton, M.A. (in press). Does type of child risk affect whether mothers seek assistance for intimate partner violence from civil or criminal court? Violence Against Women.
Savage, J., Palmer, J. & Brooks, A. (in press). Intergenerational transmission: Does physical abuse have a unique and specific relationship with violence? Journal of Family Violence.
Crossland, C., Palmer, J. & Brooks, A. (2013). NIJ’s program of research on violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women. Violence Against Women, 19(6), 771-790.
Palmer, J. (2013). Conducting a web-based survey about sensitive topics with a random sample of college students. In Brindle, P. (Ed.), SAGE Cases in Methodology. Thousand Oaks: SAGE.
Palmer, J. (2012). Native Americans and sexual violence. In J.L. Postmus (Ed.), Sexual Violence and Abuse: An Encyclopedia of Prevention, Impacts and Recovery. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Palmer, J. (2012). Sexual assault in Indian Country and the Tribal Law and Order Act. Sexual Assault Report, 16(2).