Currently, I am investigating the culturally specific needs of women in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico with the goal of making policy changes to improve female college graduation rates. My research is both quantitative and qualitative.

Historically, my research has centered on the intersection of law, linguistics, culture, and domestic violence and my research is both anthropological (qualitative) and demographic (quantitative) in nature. See research publications below.

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women

Dreams Deferred: A Survey on the Impact of Intimate Partner Violence on Survivors’ Education, Careers, and Economic Security (12/2018)

In collaboration with the Institute of Women’s Policy Research, designed qualitative and quantitative survey questions to learn the economic impact of domestic violence in the United States. Provided expert review of qualitative research interpretations and statistical analyses. Created policy recommendations for the US Department of Justice to change the national response to domestic abuse. Research funded by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), U.S. Department of Justice (Grant No. 2015-SI-AX-K407). 

University of California, Irvine Master’s Degree Thesis

American Youth: Children’s Exposure to Domestic Violence in America: Effects of Black American Families and Education (06/2020)

Analyzed the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Domestic Violence, a big data set consisting of 3,800 variables and 4,039 cases under the advisement of Dr. Connie Pechmann. Built linear and logistic regression models to test metrics, and tested significance and strength of psychosocial outcomes associated with children’s exposure to domestic violence. Predicted likelihood of a child witnessing domestic violence based on household demographic characteristics. This research was funded by the California Department of Rehabilitation.  

University of California, Irvine Anthropology Honors Program Research

California’s Children in Family Court: Belonging, Violence, and Victimization (06/2019)

Designed qualitative research to determine the relationship between California State and domestic violence.  Based on 18 months of observing and documenting domestic violence court cases, victim narratives, and judicial findings at Lamoreaux Justice Center in Orange County, California, I created grounded theory and made policy recommendations. Completed research under the advisement of Ethnographer Dr. George Marcus, Medical Anthropologist Dr. Angela Jenks, and Psychologist Dr. Al Valdez. I was awarded the highest research grant possible by the University of California, Irvine, Department of Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP).  

University of California, Irvine Independent Studies Research

International Domestic Violence Laws: Who are the Leaders? How do Leaders Apply Laws? (06/2017)

Under the advisement of UCI violence expert, Dr. Al Valdez, I researched international domestic violence laws, domestic case law, and legal influencers. I also researched international case law to understand how domestic violence law, particularly with respect to psychological abuse (coercive control), was practically applied. I found weaknesses in laws and I made policy recommendations.  

Saddleback College Humanities Research 

Domestic Violence and Disabilities: How PTSD Impacts Victims and Perpetrators (05/2016)

Research conducted under the advisement of Dr. Marni Fisher about the relationship between domestic violence and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Demonstrated how children are used in U.S. family courts to perpetrate psychological violence on the other parent. Demonstrated how psychological abuse is potentially more dangerous than physical abuse. Wrote a Rogerian argument for more resources for domestic violence related mental illnesses.

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