Dr. Walter DeKeseredy

Distinguished Speaker Series:
Dr. Walter DeKeseredy

Dr Walter DekeseredyUnderstanding Violence Against Women in Rural Communities

Dr. Walter DeKeseredy
Professor of Sociology, University of West Virginia

February 10th, 2016 at 6:00 PM
Cevíche Tapas Orlando (125 W. Church Street Orlando, FL 32801)

Only a few social scientific areas of inquiry have moved as far and as fast as the study of male-to-female physical, sexual, and psychological abuse. Only 30 years ago, a comprehensive bibliography of North American sources would fit on an index card. Today, hundreds of journal articles, scores of books, and several important journals specifically address a variety of forms of woman abuse.

We now have rich empirical information and a wide variety of theories on woman abuse in a variety of relationships and social settings, making it clear that living in conditions of tyranny is a dangerous attack on women’s psychological as well as physical health. Still, reading the extant literature makes it clear that we still lack an in-depth understanding of the plight of rural women.

The main objective of this presentation is to describe the current state of sociological knowledge on rural woman abuse and to suggest new directions in empirical, theoretical, and policy work.

About Dr. Walter DeKeseredy:

Walter S. DeKeseredy is Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Research Center on Violence at West Virginia University. He has published 19 books and over 130 scientific journal articles and book chapters on violence against women and other social problems. In 2008, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma gave him the Linda Saltzman Memorial Intimate Partner Violence Researcher Award. He also jointly received the 2004 Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology’s (ASC) Division on Women and Crime and the 2007 inaugural UOITResearch Excellence Award. In 1995, he received the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award from the ASC’s Division on Critical Criminology (DCC), in 2008 the DCCgave him the Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2014 the Academy of Criminal Justice’s Critical Criminal Justice Section gave him the Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award.

Dr. Walter S. DeKeseredy is currently the Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, Director of the Research Center on Violence, and Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.  He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from York University in 1988.  He has been affiliated with Universities across the globe, namely in Canada, Switzerland, Australia, and the United States.

He has published 19 books and over 130 scientific journal articles and book chapters on violence against women and other social problems. In 2008, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma gave him the Linda Saltzman Memorial Intimate Partner Violence Researcher Award. He also jointly received the 2004 Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology’s (ASC) Division on Women and Crime and the 2007 inaugural UOITResearch Excellence Award. In 1995, he received the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award from the ASC’s Division on Critical Criminology (DCC), in 2008 the DCCgave him the Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2014 the Academy of Criminal Justice’s Critical Criminal Justice Section gave him the Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award.

Most recently, he won the Critical criminal Justice Scholar Award, the Violence Against Women Best Journal Article Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Criminology (the flagship organization in Criminology).  He has also been invited to give approximately 20 keynote/plenary addresses to professional and community groups.