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Angela Hattery - University of Delaware. Newark, DE, US

Angela Hattery

Professor, Women and Gender Studies; Co-Director, Center for Study & Prevention of GBV | University of Delaware


Prof. Hattery teaches courses on race and gender inequality, families, and methods.




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Strategies for Seeking Justice for Survivors of Campus Sexual Violence through Policy and Activism Conversations on Race and Policing (#50 Policing Black Bodies)




Angela Hattery, is Professor of the Women & Gender Studies and co-Director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Gender Based Violence at the University of Delaware. She received her BA in sociology and anthropology from Carleton College and her masters and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of 12 books. Her most recent, Way Down in the Hole: Race, Intimacy and the Reproduction of Racial Ideologies in Solitary Confinement explores the ways in which racial antagonisms are exacerbated by the particular structures of solitary confinement. She is also the author of Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives are Surveilled and How to Work for Change (2022) and Gender, Power and Violence: Responding to Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence in Society Today. Prior to coming to UD she held positions at Ball State University, Wake Forest University, Colgate University, and most recently at George Mason University.

Industry Expertise (3)


Health and Wellness


Areas of Expertise (7)

Mass Incarceration

Solitary Confinement

Gender Inequalities

Racial Inequality

Domestic Violence

Sexual Violence

Intimate Partner Violence

Answers (1)

What are the signs of intimate partner violence? 

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Intimate partner violence is a serious and widespread issue that affects millions of individuals every year. Angela Hattery, professor of women and gender studies at the University of Delaware and co-director of its Center for the Study & Prevention of Gender-Based Violence, can discuss the early signs of intimate partner violence. "When we think about the warning signs, especially for progressing to lethal violence, the absolute top early warning sign is strangulation,” Hattery recently noted to The 19th, a nonprofit newsroom focused on women and LGBTQ+ people.

Media Appearances (5)

UD professors’ research shows U.S. prison system can perpetuate racism

University of Delaware  online


“Most Americans believe that the torture that takes place in solitary confinement is in Russia, is in North Korea, is in China,” Hattery said. “It never occurs to them that somewhere between 50,000 and 80,000 people in the United States are locked in solitary confinement every single day. We are torturing that many people every single day in solitary confinement.”

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"Way Down in the Hole"—Examining Solitary Confinement

WNYC  online


NPR interviewed Earl Smith, professor of Africana studies and women and gender studies, and Angela Hattery, also a professor of women and gender studies, about their new book, which examines the mental, physical and economic tolls of solitary confinement on those who are incarcerated and the corrections officers tasked with keeping them there.

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We talked to 100 people about their experiences in solitary confinement – this is what we learned

The Conversation  online


Over three summers, we interviewed people who were confined or employed in solitary confinement units to better understand what it is like from both sides of the bars. The interviews form the basis of “Way Down in the Hole,” a book published on Oct. 14, 2022.

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Women in Academia Examine Criticisms of Kamala Harris After a Year in Office

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education  online


Dr. Angela Hattery, professor of women and gender studies and co-director of the Center for the Study & Prevention of Gender-Based Violence at the University of Delaware, touts Harris’ extensive attributes and qualifications for both the vice presidency and presidency. But, because of the barrage of attacks, she says, “The future is bleak” for Harris, in terms of her political goals.

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Transgender voices left out of conversations on gender-based violence

UD Review  online


Angela Hattery, professor of women and gender studies and co-director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Gender-based Violence, explained that the discussions about gender-based violence on campus “have focused primarily on cisgender survivors.”

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Articles (5)

Book Review: Researching Gender-Based Violence: Embodied and Intersectional Approaches By April D. J. Petillo and Heather R. Hlavka

Gender & Society

2023 Approaches effectively weaves a diversity of narratives, identities, and concepts to identify and advocate for novel strategies for researching gendered violence in ways that reject colonial practices common within academia. Petillo and Hlavaka provide a persuasive argument for the adoption of embodied, intersectional methodologies in all research that focuses on gendered violence, but particularly for research conducted in non-Western contexts. This anthology grapples with questions surrounding the roles and benefits of reflective intersectional methodologies and the ways in which researchers unknowingly reproduce harmful hegemonic understandings of gendered violence, and they identify approaches to conducting research that reject such understandings. Petillo and Hlavaka, established scholars of gender-based violence, take on the task of considering the ways in which we study gender-based violence …

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FEMINIST LECTURE:(Re) Imagining gender-based violence as a strategy for enforcing institutional segregation and reproducing structural inequalities

Gender & Society

2022 In this article, I develop a framework for re-imagining gender-based violence not as an outgrowth of patriarchy but as a response to the threat of gender integration and the inversion of the gendered hierarchy. I argue that this reconceptualization is critical to re-envisioning not just research but also prevention and intervention strategies. I begin by identifying two reasons for the stalled revolution in reducing rates of gender-based violence: (1) the focus on intimate partner violence and sexual violence as distinct rather than as similar tools that are simply deployed in different spaces, and (2) the de-centering of Black feminist voices and the obscuring of the similarities between gender-based violence and racialized violence. Finally, I conclude with recommendations to transform policies and hegemonic ideologies that limit the impact of gender-based violence—including by holding perpetrators accountable—and render …

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Differentiating Black and Hispanic: outcome differences of segregated communities and police shootings in the USA, 2015–2020

Injury Epidemiology

2022 Police shootings are unevenly spatially distributed, with substantive spikes throughout the USA. While minorities are disproportionately the victims of police force, social or structural factors associated with this distribution are not well understood. The objective of this work was to evaluate police shootings in relation to victim race or ethnicity and residential segregation and racial diversity. Validated crowdsourced data from the Washington Post’s Fatal Force (2015–2020) were linked with census tract-level data from the American Community Survey. Residential minority dissimilarity, interaction, and a racial and ethnic diversity metric were calculated in order to assess the potentially variant importance of evenness in distribution, exposure likelihood, and general representation. Logistic and multinomial regression was used to model associations between segregation and diversity, adjusted for other ecological characteristics. Analyses were stratified by victim race or ethnicity (Black, Asian, or Hispanic). ...

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Diversity, equity, and inclusion in research teams: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Race and Justice

2022 Since the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, and the racial justice protests that followed, many institutions, including the academy, pledged their support for policies and practices that combat on-going racial injustice. Social justice and anti-racism initiatives abound on college campuses, including programming, hosting speakers, and proposing required ‘diversity’ classes for all students. For all this rhetoric, college and university administrators have remained silent when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion practices as they relate to research. And yet, extant research documents the ways in which racial and gender biases have consistently shaped every level of research from the development of the research question, to the diversity (or not) of the sample, the availability of funding, and the probability of publishing. In this paper we focus on one aspect of the research process: the assembling (or not) of …

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Sex logics: Negotiating the prison rape elimination act (PREA) against its’ administrative, safety, and cultural burdens

Punishment & Society

2021 The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) reforms correctional institutions via administrative mechanisms and represents a major shift in both correctional policy and workplace practice. Using qualitative data within six prisons in one U.S. state, finding suggest that staff view PREA as an administrative, safety, and cultural burden, which creates a misalignment of institutional logics. Rather than seeing themselves as central to eliminating prison sexual misconduct/violence, staff see PREA as interfering with their “real” custody/control work. This misalignment has major implications for the productive implementation and use of PREA and the broader shift to administrative rather than legal processes for institutional reform.

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Accomplishments (1)

Feminist Lecturer Award, Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) (professional)


Education (3)

University of Wisconsin-Madison: PhD, Sociology 1996

University of Wisconsin-Madison: MS, Sociology

Carleton College: BA, Sociology and Anthropology

Affiliations (2)

  • Sociologist for Women in Society (SWS) : Member
  • The Scholars Strategy Network (SSN) : Member

Languages (1)

  • English