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DKFrom the Director's Desk
Greetings Friends and Colleagues!

I hope you had a productive spring semester. It has been, yet again, a very busy year for the Research Center on Violence and much has been accomplished as noted throughout the Center’s Web site. For example, Center affiliates continue to publish in leading journals such as The British Journal of Criminology and Rural Sociology. As well, I published three co-edited scholarly anthologies: The Routledge International Handbook of Violence Studies, the second edition of The Routledge Handbook of Critical Criminology, and Progressive Resistance in an Age of Repression. What’s more, Center staff completed the very first West Virginia Crime Victimization Survey and there are plans to conduct a second sweep of this study.

Center staff continue to be actively involved in American Society of Criminology (ASC) activities. Graduate Research Assistants Gabrielle Lory and Danielle Stoneberg are Co-Editors of The Rural Criminologist, which is the official newsletter of the ASC’s Division on Rural Criminology (DRC). Speaking of the DRC, the Center and WVU’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology co-hosted a reception with the DRC at the fall 2018 ASC conference to celebrate its creation. And, I continue to serve on Critical Criminology’s Editorial Board. This is the official journal of the ASC’s Division on Critical Criminology and Social Justice. Additionally, numerous Center affiliates presented papers and attended roundtables at the ASC conference.

In the fall of 2018, Center Research Associate Dr. Henry Brownstein was appointed as Distinguished Research Professor in WVU’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology. More information on his important contributions to the field is available at Moreover, Dr. Lindsay Kahle was appointed Teaching Assistant Professor of Criminology in the same department and she is now a member of the Center’s Executive Board. She is featured in the Center’s WVU Scholar Spotlight (, and she will play a major role in Center activities. So will Dr. Callie Rennision, who is featured in the Center’s Visiting Scholar Spotlight (

The Center is also pleased to announce the appointment of thirteen new Research Associates, all of whom are based in Australia: Bianca Fileborn, Asher Flynn, Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Bridget Harris, Nicola Henry, Jude McCulloch, Kyle Mulrooney, Anastasia Powell, Meagan Tyler, Katinka Van de Ven, Sandra Walklate, Deborah Western, and Delanie Woodlock. They are leading experts on gender-based violence and there are plans to develop collaborative research projects with them.

The Violence Research and Awareness Association (VRAA) was created by WVU students and continues to work closely with the Center. VRAA is open to all students (undergraduate and graduate students in any major) and more information about its important work is available at

Thank you for visiting the Center’s Web site and please contact us if you would like more information about Center affiliates and the work they do. All the best for the summer!