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Alesha Durfee, Ph.D.

Chair; Professor
Women's and Gender Studies


Ph.D., Sociology, University of Washington 2004
Graduate Certificate, Women Studies, University of Washington 2000
M.A., Sociology, University of Washington 1998

Research Interests

Intersectionality, Mixed-methods research, Intimate Partner Violence, Law (including protection orders and mandatory arrest policies)

Publications and Media Placements

Selected recent articles and book chapters:

  • Durfee, Alesha (2021). The use of structural intersectionality as a method to analyze how the domestic violence civil protective order process replicates inequality. Violence Against Women. 27(5), 639-665.
  • Durfee, Alesha & Goodmark, Leigh (2021). Is there a protective order to prison pipeline? Gendered dimensions of cross-petitions for protective orders. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma. 30(4), 471-490.
  • Vega, Sujey, Durfee, Alesha, & Messing, Jill T. “Entre mujeres platicamos”: The role of informal social networks among Latina survivors of intimate partner violence. In V. Lopez & L. Pasko (Eds.), Latinas in the Criminal Justice System: Victims, Targets and Offenders (pp. 17-41). NYU Press.
  • Durfee, Alesha & Goodmark, Leigh (2020). Domestic violence mandatory arrest policies and arrests for same sex and opposite sex intimate partner violence after the legalization of same sex marriage in the United States. Criminal Justice Studies, 33(3): 231-255.
  • Durfee, Alesha (2016). Arresting girls for dating violence - The importance of considering intersectionality. In S.F. Sharp, S. Marcus-Mendoza, K.A. Cameron, & E.S. Daniel-Roberson (Eds.), Across the Spectrum of Women and Crime: Theories, Offending, and the Criminal Justice System, pp. 55-75. Carolina Academic Press.
Selected podcasts and other publications:

Honors and Awards

  • Catalyst Award. Committee for Campus Inclusion, Arizona State University (2018).
  • Badass Woman of ASU. Arizona State University HerStory Committee. (2018).
  • Distinguished Mentor. Arizona State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Residential College (2014).

Community Work and Service

  • Arizona State University Clothesline Project
  • Multiple Researcher-Practitioner partnerships
  • Volunteer Victim Advocate, Seattle Police Department, DV Victim Support Team (2002-2004).
  • Domestic Violence Victim Advocate. King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Victim Assistance Unit (2001-2002).