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Professor and Chair, Women's and Gender Studies (St. Louis University, Fall 2022), Arizona State University

Alesha Durfee's research and teaching focus on domestic violence, social policy, and structural intersectionality, including mandatory arrest policies and civil protection orders. She currently has a Researcher-Practitioner Partnership grant from the National Institue of Justice to study institutional and contextual factors that influence protection order filing and issuance rates using both quantitative and qualitative data. The Mesa Municipal Court and the National Center for State Courts are the practitioner and policy partners for the project. Other research projects include gender and community/problem-solving courts, protection order "cross filings", the arrest decision in cases of domestic violence reported to law enforcement, the consequences of mandatory and pro-arrest policies for domestic violence, the social construction of domestic violence victimization, and how gender influences how narratives of violence are constructed and interpreted in the justice system.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies, University of Arizona