Sexual Violence Research Initiative: About

Sexual Violence Research Initiative graphicThe Sexual Violence Research Initiative launched in September, 2020. The Initiative is made possible by cluster hire funding from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and secured by the Departments of Gender and Women’s Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, and the La Follette School of Public Affairs. The 3 new faculty, chosen across multiple disciplines, engage in research that focuses on (1) psychological aspects of sexual violence; (2) societal aspects of sexual violence; and (3) policy related to sexual violence, at multiple levels (e.g., the university, the state, the nation, or internationally).

Two cluster faculty were hired in 2019-20: Dr. Kate Walsh, Associate Professor of Psychology and Gender & Women’s Studies, and Dr. Mariel Barnes, Assistant Professor in the La Follette School (arriving August, 2021. The third, Dr. L.B. Klein, Anna Julia Cooper Fellow and Incoming Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work, was hired in 2020-2021. Additionally, Dr. Chloe Hart, a new Assistant Professor of Sociology, Dr. Chontel Syfox, Assistant Professor of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, and Dr. Lara Gerassi, Assistant Professor of Social Work, are also UW faculty members in the SVRI.

For inquiries, contact Dr. Kate Walsh at