Roanoke College Professor Collaborates to Revise Gender Violence Anthology

SALEM, Va. - Dr. Laura O' Toole, professor of sociology at Roanoke College, has collaborated with Jessica Schiffman, assistant director of women's studies at the University of Delaware and Margie Kiter Edwards, assistant professor of sociology at Shepherd University, to revise Gender Violence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, an anthology about gendered violence in the United States and abroad.

O' Toole, Schiffman and Edwards bring together emerging scholarship from feminist and post-modern theory with classic articles and central authors in the fields of gender, sexuality and violence in the book. The second edition is fully revised and features eighteen new selections, including original articles on sex trafficking, masculinity and terrorism and community responses to gender violence. Other topics in the collection include sexual harassment, violence in schools and workplaces, child abuse, intimate partner violence and pornography.

Sandra Harding, editor of The Feminist Standpoint Theory Reader, said, "This collection provides the most insightful and influential analyses from the last two decades showing how violence against women and children is all-too-well integrated into global politics and economics."

Beth Richie, author of Compelled to Crime: The Gender Entrapment of Battered, Black Women writes, "This is an extraordinary interdisciplinary volume…Gender Violence makes a very significant contribution to the literature on violence against women."

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 1,970 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

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