Meret Hofer is a 5th year PhD student in Community Psychology and Prevention Research, and is currently developing her dissertation. Broadly, her study aims to understand how police officers understand their role in the communities they serve. The main goals of her dissertation are two-fold: 1) to identify the ways in which the broader context of police work impacts officers’ approaches to policing, and 2) to consider how aspects of officers’ identities influence their perceptions of and reception by community members.
Meret is also a member of the research team at UVA’s Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy, where her work is situated at the intersection of mental health and criminal justice. Her research at ILPPP examines system-level constraints police officers face when encountering individuals experiencing mental illness. The goal of her work is to identify needed resources that can support officers’ ability to divert individuals with mental illness away from the criminal justice system and towards community-based services.
Shira Lurie is a fifth year PhD candidate in History. Her research examines protest, dissent, and violence in the early American republic. She is particularly interested in clashes between grassroots protestors and counter-protestors and how those local incidents spread through the partisan press and affected state and national politics. Shira’s work reframes the emergence of the First Party System as a struggle over the power of citizens and the place of protest in the new nation.
Victoria Mauer is a 5th year PhD student in Community Psychology and Prevention Research and an Institute for Education Sciences predoctoral affiliate fellow at the Curry School of Education. Broadly, her research investigates prevention and intervention programming that promotes supportive educational contexts, fosters positive youth development, and prevents gender-based violence. Her dissertation will explore students’ perceptions of the climate of sexual and gender-based violence at their university. Specifically, her project aims to understand how students’ perceptions of the climate influence their attitudes towards bystander intervention programming seeking to prevent gender-based violence.
Samantha Wallace—I want my research on contemporary literary treatments of sexual and gender-based violence to speak to a nexus of practical, theoretical, historical, and activist concerns. Within the English Department at the University of Virginia, my research has focused on representations of sexual violence within the last thirty years through an examination of a broad archive of media, from literary fiction to tweets. As a member of the Institute for the Humanities and Global Culture’s Public Humanities Lab, I have led projects geared towards building feminist community, including a community-based feminism reading group. With my PVI Fellowship funding, I will conduct archival work at Harvard’s Schlesinger Library to further excavate the history of the New York Radical Feminist speak-outs of the 1970s, as one origin point for my research on the intertwining of anti-rape activism and the generic form of testimony within contemporary narratives recounting sexual assault.