Department of Public Administration and Policy
Additional Positions at AUCommittee Member, Sexual Assault Policy Work Group
Jane Palmer received her Ph.D. from American University’s department of Justice, Law & Society. Her second field was Public Policy.
Her interdisciplinary research focuses on bystander intervention to prevent crime, legal and policy responses to violence against women and children; methodological, measurement and cultural competency issues in victimization research; and barriers to help-seeking/crime reporting for victims from marginalized communities. The focus of her mixed-methods dissertation was the role of bystanders in preventing and responding to sexual assault and dating violence situations on a college campus. She is currently in the process of evaluating the Green Dot bystander intervention program at two small, private universities.
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. She is part of a team that is analyzing data from a longitudinal and experimental evaluation of a campus-based bystander intervention and sexual violence prevention program called SCREAM Theater.
As a doctoral student, Dr. Palmer was a fellow from 2010-2013 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. This mandate requires a national baseline victimization study and evaluations of the tribal, local, state and federal responses to these crimes.
Dr. Palmer received the Neil and Ann Kerwin Doctoral Fellowship Award, American University Dissertation Fellowship Award, and the Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Scholarship at the Graduate Level from the Department of Justice, Law and Society. In the summer of 2012, she received the Gerry T. Hotaling Memorial Student Research Award at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference.
She has ten years of direct service and non-profit management experience. As a practitioner, she worked in prevention, with child and adult survivors of child abuse, sexual violence and intimate partner violence and with perpetrators of intimate partner violence.
Policy areas of interest: social policy (violence & victimization; child welfare; higher education; anti-poverty). In addition, she is interested in policies affecting tribal communities in the US, LGBT individuals, and other marginalized communities.
DegreesPhD, Justice, Law & Society, American University; Master 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
Languages Spoken:Spanish, English, Spanglish
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