Innovations in Understanding Violence against Women

2004 International Research & Action Conference


Committee members

Susan McGee Bailey
Nan Stein
Sally Engle Merry
Monica Ghosh Driggers
Veronica Herrera
Joan Kaufman
Vera Mouradian Nadera Shalhoub Kevorkian
Indai Sanjor
Naeema Abrahams


Linda Williams
Nada Aoudeh
Vicki Banyard

About the co-chairs

Linda M. Williams
Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., is Director of Research at the Stone Center, Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, USA. Dr. Williams, a sociologist, received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979, where she studied at the Center for Research in Criminology and Criminal Law. She has conducted research on violence against women, family violence, sex offenders, the consequences of child abuse, and violence prevention for 30 years. Dr. Williams is author of 4 books and numerous scholarly publications on violence against women, sexual abuse, and family violence. She has chaired several conferences including Trauma and Memory: An International Research Conference, in 1996; and the First and Second National Colloquium of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, 1993 and 1994. Dr. Williams served on the National Research Councils’ panel on Violence Against Women and as co-director of the National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center from 1998-2003. Dr. Williams is collaborating on international research and action on prevention of violence against women. She has been principal investigator on 11 U.S. federally funded research projects, project director of three additional studies, and is currently principal investigator of the Navy Family Study.

Nada Aoudeh
Nada Aoudeh, MPH, M.Ed., is a Research Associates at the Wellesley Centres for Women, Wellesley College. She is currently completing her doctoral studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the area of international education. Her research explores connections of race, class, and gender in the areas of education and health. She is particularly interested in the institutional and systemic interaction of multiple forms of oppression and its impact on ‘minority’ women. Prior to returning to graduate school, Nada worked as an international consultant in public health in a number of countries in the Middle East and Africa. She most recently returned to fieldwork in Gaza, Palestine, where she engaged in a collaborative research project on connection of political and family violence.

Victoria L. Banyard
Victoria L. Banyard received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Certificate in Women's Studies from the University of Michigan. She is currently an Associate Professor in Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of New Hampshire. There she conducts research on a variety of topics related to violence against women including the long-term consequences of childhood abuse, factors related to resilience, and recovery among survivors of violence against women, and the evaluation of programs to prevent violence against women. She has experience as a clinician working with trauma survivors and working to do community advocacy and awareness building around violence against women. She has ongoing research associations with The Family Research Laboratory at UNH and the Wellesley Centers for Women.

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