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Alesha Durfee

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Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403
Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403
Biography
Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies, School of Social Transformation, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

 

Dr. Alesha Durfee's research and teaching focus on social policy and domestic violence, including mandatory arrest policies and civil protection orders. Her work has been published in journals such as  Gender & Society, Journal of Marriage and Family, Violence Against Women, Politics & Society, Global Public Health, Feminist Criminology, and  Feminist Teacher.  She currently has a grant from the National Science Foundation to analyze legal mobilization among domestic violence survivors, including the decision to file for a protection order, how the legal system is perceived by domestic violence survivors, and the costs and benefits of filing for an order for survivors. She also has a seed grant from ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences funding a project examining cross filings for protection orders in Arizona. Other research projects include 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. She recently served as a guest co-editor (with Madelaine Adelman and Jill Theresa Messing) for a special issue of  Violence Against Women  on gender violence and transdisciplinarity. She also is on the American Society of Criminology Policy Committee (November 2013-2016). Prior to coming to ASU, she volunteered as a domestic violence victim advocate for law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, and she has continued her community service as a board member of the Purple Ribbon Council (a grassroots organization which works to prevent domestic violence through education and outreach). In 2012 she was nominated for ASU Professor of the Year, in 2009 she was nominated for the Centennial Professorship Award, and in 2008 she received the Monalee Ewing Naming and Claiming Women's Space award for her contributions to undergraduate education at ASU. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on violence, social policy, quantitative methods, and crime. 

Research Interests

Intimate partner violence, gender violence, social policy, social problems, gender and crime, and feminist research methods (both quantitative and qualitative).

Publications
  • Alesha Durfee. Situational Ambiguity and Gendered Patterns of Arrest for Intimate Partner Violence. Violence Against Women (2012).
  • Alesha Durfee and Jill Theresa Messing. The Decision to Obtain a Protection Order Among Victims of Intimate Partner Violence: An Application of Legal Mobilization Theory. Violence Against Women (2012).
  • Jill Theresa Messing, Madelaine Adelman, and Alesha Durfee. Gender Violence and Transdisciplinarity. Violence Against Women (2012).
  • Yasmina Katsulis and Alesha Durfee. Correlates of sexual and drug risk behaviors among male and female sex workers in Tijuana, Mexico. Global Public Health (2012).
  • . . Review of: The Woman in the Violence: Gender, Poverty, and Resistance in Peru (2012).
  • Alesha Durfee. I’m not a victim, she’s an abuser: Masculinity, Victimization, and Protection Orders. Gender & Society (2011).
  • . . Review of: A Typology of Domestic Violence: Intimate Terrorism, Violent Resistance, and Situational Couple Violence (2011).
  • Yasmina Katsulis, Vera Lopez, Alesha Durfee, and Alyssa Robillard. Female Sex Workers and the Social Context of Workplace Violence in Tijuana, Mexico. Medical Anthropology Quarterly (2010).
  • Alesha Durfee. The gendered paradox of victimization and agency in protection order filings. Female victims of crime: Reality reconsidered (2010).
  • Addy Bareiss, Alicia Woodbury, and Alesha Durfee. Children’s Birthday Parties: Welfare and Constructions of Motherhood in the United States. Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering (2009).
  • Alesha Durfee. Victim Narratives, Legal Representation, and Domestic Violence Civil Protection Orders. Feminist Criminology (2009).
  • Alesha Durfee, Karen Rosenberg. Teaching Sensitive Issues: Feminist Pedagogy and the Practice of Advocacy Based Counseling. Feminist Teacher (2009).
  • Durfee, Alesha D. Teaching Portfolio. Teaching Portfolios Within the Discipline (2007).
  • Alesha Durfee, Marcia Meyers. Who Gets What from Government? Distributional Consequences of Child Care Assistance Policies. Journal of Marriage and Family (2006).
  • Jutta Joesch, Erin Maher, Alesha Durfee. Use of Child Care and Mother's Employment: Does Birth Order Matter?. Early Education Quarterly (2006).
  • Marcia Meyers, Alesha Durfee. The Cost of Caring: The Public and Private Share of Child Care Expenses. Politics and Society (2006).
  • Alesha Durfee, Karen Rosenberg. Domestic Violence in the United States: Current Research, New Directions. Agenda for Social Justice Solutions (2004).
  • Alesha Durfee. New Families, New Friends: A Conference on Phoenix Organizations Working to Help Latina Immigrants. Institute for Women's Policy Research (0).
Research Activity
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 590Reading and Conference
WST 690Reading and Conference
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
WST 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 492Honors Directed Study
WST 493Honors Thesis
WST 498Pro-Seminar
WST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 590Reading and Conference
WST 592Research
WST 593Applied Project
WST 595Continuing Registration
WST 599Thesis
WST 690Reading and Conference
SST 691Seminar
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
WST 795Continuing Registration
WST 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 477Women and Violence
WST 492Honors Directed Study
WST 493Honors Thesis
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
WST 498Pro-Seminar
WST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 592Research
WST 593Applied Project
WST 595Continuing Registration
WST 599Thesis
WST 690Reading and Conference
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
WST 795Continuing Registration
WST 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 690Reading and Conference
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
WST 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 394Special Topics
WST 492Honors Directed Study
WST 493Honors Thesis
WST 499Individualized Instruction
JHR 593Applied Project
WST 690Reading and Conference
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
WST 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 477Women and Violence
WST 492Honors Directed Study
WST 493Honors Thesis
WST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 598Special Topics
WST 690Reading and Conference
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
WST 795Continuing Registration
WST 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 492Honors Directed Study
WST 493Honors Thesis
WST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 690Reading and Conference
SST 691Seminar
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
WST 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 375Women & Social Change
WST 394Special Topics
WST 492Honors Directed Study
WST 493Honors Thesis
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
WST 498Pro-Seminar
WST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 690Reading and Conference
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
WST 795Continuing Registration
WST 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 477Women and Violence
WST 492Honors Directed Study
WST 493Honors Thesis
WST 498Pro-Seminar
WST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 690Reading and Conference
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
WST 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 394Special Topics
JUS 492Honors Directed Study
WST 492Honors Directed Study
WST 493Honors Thesis
WST 498Pro-Seminar
WST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 690Reading and Conference
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
WST 795Continuing Registration
WST 799Dissertation
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 477Women and Violence
WST 492Honors Directed Study
WST 493Honors Thesis
WST 499Individualized Instruction
JUS 509Stat Problems/Justice Research
WST 690Reading and Conference
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
WST 799Dissertation
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 492Honors Directed Study
WST 493Honors Thesis
WST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 690Reading and Conference
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
WST 795Continuing Registration
WST 799Dissertation
Presentations
  • Alesha Durfee. 'Unstable, irrational, uncontrollable’: The discursive construction of female abusers in men’s protection order filings. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting (Nov 2011).
  • Matthew Fetzer and Alesha Durfee. Arrest Rates for Reported Intimate Partner Violence: A Comparison of Physical versus Sexual Assault. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting (Nov 2011).
  • Nigah Mughal, Jill T. Messing, Alesha Durfee, and Jacquelyn Campbell. Comparing Multiple and Single Domestic Homicides: Rates and Trends Across 13 States. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting (Nov 2011).
  • Alesha Durfee and Jill T. Messing. Legal Mobilization, Intimate Partner Violence, and Civil Protection Orders. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting (Nov 2010).
  • Alesha Durfee and Leah Heathcoat. The Impact of Arizona’s Immigration "Reform" on Women of Color. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting (Nov 2010).
  • Alesha Durfee. Masculinity and victimization in protection order filings. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting (Aug 2010).
  • Alesha Durfee. Teaching About Gender and Race Using Domestic Violence Case Files. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting (Nov 2009).
  • Alesha Durfee. Gender Differences in Intimate Partner Victimization and Offending using NIBRS data. Center for Population Dynamics Colloquium Series (Nov 2008).
  • Alesha Durfee. Gender Differences in Intimate Partner Victimization and Offending using NIBRS data. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting (Nov 2008).
  • Alesha Durfee. Statistically Speaking: Teaching Quantitative Methods in Women’s Studies. National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference (Jun 2008).
  • Durfee, Alesha. I'm not a victim, she's an abuser: Masculinity, Victimization, and Civil Protection Orders. International Family Violence and Child Victimization Conference (Jul 2006).
  • Durfee, Alesha. Women's Studies, Narratives, and the Politics of Place. National Women's Studies Association Annual Meeting (Jun 2006).
  • Durfee, Alesha. Victim Narratives, Legal Assistance, and Civil Protection Orders. American Criminological Society Annual Meeting (Nov 2005).
  • Durfee, Alesha, Meyers, Marcia. The cost of caring: The public and private share of child care expenses. Conference on Caring Labor
  • Durfee, Alesha. Key Developments in the Sociology of Gender. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting
  • Durfee, Alesha. Let's Talk: Sexual Assault and Rape Prevention Forum
  • Durfee, Alesha. "My wife has twisted the truth": Accounts and the negotiation of identities in response to allegations of abuse. Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting
  • Durfee, Alesha. Bridging the gap: Quantitative methods and Women's Studies. Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies Conference
  • Durfee, Alesha. Domestic Violence, Gender, and the Construction of Victimization: Implications for Public Policy and Legal Interventions. National Women's Studies Association Annual Meeting
  • Durfee, Alesha. Power paradigms: Intersections of race and gender. Healing Racism Lecture Series
  • Durfee, Alesha. Beyond the rhetoric of welfare reform: An analysis of welfare dependency. Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting
  • Durfee, Alesha. Race and domestic violence in the civil court system. Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting
  • Durfee, Alesha, Joesch, Jutta, Maher, Erin. Considering the relationship between family structure and child care utilization: Does birth order have an effect?. Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting
Service
  • Violence Against Women, Manuscript Reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • Justice Quarterly, Manuscript Reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • National Science Foundation, Law and Social Science Program, External grant reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • Men and Masculinities, Manuscript Reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • Brown Bag Panel, Women and Gender Studies, Panelist (2012 - Present)
  • National Science Foundation, Law and Social Science Program, External grant reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • Violence Against Women, Manuscript Reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • Gender and Society, Manuscript Reviewer (2011 - Present)
  • Purple Ribbon Council Student Group, Advisor (2011 - Present)
  • Feminist Criminology, Manuscript Reviewer (2011 - Present)
  • Faculty Hiring Committee, Justice and Social Inquiry, Member (2010 - Present)
  • Purple Ribbon Council, Advisory Council, Advisory Member (2010 - Present)
  • CLAS Senate, Senator (2010 - Present)
  • Graduate Committee, Member (2010 - Present)
  • Graduate Committee, Member (2010 - Present)
  • University Senate, Senator (2010 - Present)
  • Feminist Criminology, Manuscript Reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Legal Committee, Member (2009 - Present)
  • Purple Ribbon Council, Advisory Council, Advisory Member (2009 - Present)
  • Social Science and Medicine, Manuscript Reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • Faculty Selection Committee, Dean's Undergraduate Research Scholarship in the Social Sciences, Member (2009 - Present)
  • Mesa Police Department and Mesa Public Schools, Presenter (2009 - Present)
  • Purple Ribbon Council, Southeast Valley Purple Ribbon Task Force, Member (2009 - Present)
  • Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict Undergraduate Certificate, Representative, Certificate Advisory Committee (2008 - Present)
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Human Rights, Representative, Certificate Program Committee (2008 - Present)
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Socio-legal Studies, Representative, Certificate Program Committee (2008 - Present)
  • Research in Social Problems and Public Policy, Manuscript Reviewer (2008 - Present)
  • American Sociological Review, Manuscript Reviewer (2008 - Present)
  • Religion and Conflict Certificate Program Committee, Member (2007 - Present)
  • Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Member (2007 - Present)
  • Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Member (2006 - Present)
  • Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society, Contributor (2006 - Present)
  • Committee on By-Laws, Member (2006 - Present)
  • American Society of Criminology, Division on Women and Crime, Columnist (2012 - 2012)
  • Purple Ribbon Council Student Group, Faculty Advisor (2012 - 2012)
  • Woman as Hero, Arizona State University, Panelist (2012 - 2012)
  • Midwives Alliance of North America Regional Conference, Presenter, "Recognizing and Responding to Intimate Partner Violence: What Midwives Need to Know" (2012 - 2012)
  • Graduate Admissions Committee, Member (2012 - 2012)
  • Sociological Compass, Manuscript Reviewer (2010 - 2010)
  • Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Legal Committee, Member (2009 - 2010)
  • Law and Society, Manuscript Reviewer (2010 - 2010)
  • Institute for Women's Policy Research, "Strategy Forum for Organizations Working to help Latina Immigrants", Discussant (2010 - 2010)
  • Third Annual Female Contemporary Issues Summit, Panelist (2010 - 2010)
  • Sage Publications, Textbook Reviewer (2010 - 2010)
  • "Sin by Silence" Domestic Violence Awareness Event, Organizer (2009 - 2009)
  • Women's Studies, Narratives, and the Politics of Place, National Women's Studies Association Conference, Panel Organizer (2006)
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Book Review Editorial Assistant (2000 - 2001)
  • Informal Roundtable Session, "Untangling the Rhetoric of Reform: A Discussion of Welfare Reform and Welfare Caseload". American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Organizer (2000)
  • Inequality in the Welfare State" Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Session Organizer (2000)
  • Sex and Gender Roundtables (with Judith A. Howard and Virginia Rutter). American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Co-Organizer (2000)
  • American Society of Criminology, Member, Division on Women and Crime Task Force on Feminist Assessment (Present)
  • Children and Youth Services Review, Manuscript Reviewer (Present)
  • Division on Women and Crime Task Force on Feminist Assessment, American Society of Criminology, Member (Present)
  • Feminist Criminology, Manuscript Reviewer (Present)
  • Gender and Society, Manuscript Reviewer (Present)
  • King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Victim Assistance Unit, Domestic Violence Victim Advocate (Present)
  • Race, Class and Gender Section, American Sociological Association, Nominations Committee (Present)
  • Seattle Police Department, Domestic Violence Victim Support Team, Victim Advocate (Present)
  • The Sociological Quarterly, Manuscript Reviewer (Present)
  • Violence Against Women, Manuscript Reviewer (Present)