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Gretchen Arnold, Ph.D.

Emeritus Faculty


Ph.D. in Sociology, Boston University, 1995
Master of Arts in Sociology, Boston University, 1984
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Washington University, 1979

Practice Areas

Arnold has been researching and writing about movements to end violence against women since 1988. She has published articles about the battered women's movement in the United States, and is currently doing research about how nuisance laws affect battered women. For more information about research on nuisance laws and intimate partner violence, visit

Research Interests

  • Social movements and political sociology
  • Violence against women
  • Intimate violence and the law
  • Feminist movements
  • Program evaluation

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Publications and Media Placements

"A Brief History of Anti-Violence Against Women Movements in the U.S," Co-authored with Jami Ake, Sourcebook on Violence Against Women, 3rd edition, edited by Claire Renzetti, Jeffrey Edleson, and Raquel Bergen (Los Angeles: Sage, 2017), pp. 3-25.

"From Victim to Offender: How Nuisance Property Laws Affect Battered Women," Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2016, currently available at [].

"U.S. Women's Movements to End Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse, and Rape," The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Women's Social Movement Activism, edited by Holly McCammon, Lee Ann Banaszak, Verta Taylor, and Jo Reger, available online at DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190204204.013.15.

"Silencing Women's Voices: Battered Women and Nuisance Property Laws," co-authored with Megan Slusser, Law & Social Inquiry 40(4): 908-936 (Winter 2015).

"Reframing the Narrative of the Battered Women's Movement," with Jami Ake, Violence Against Women, 19(5): 557-578 (May 2013).

"The Impact of Social Ties on Coalition Strength and Effectiveness: The Case of the Battered Women's Movement in St. Louis," Social Movement Studies 10(2):131-150 (April 2011).