About the Researcher

Erin Shannon is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Education at the University of York in York, England with several years of experience in researching sexual violence in universities. Her supervisor is Professor Vanita Sundaram in the Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice (CRESJ). 

Erin has an M.A. with distinction in Gender, Violence and Conflict from the University of Sussex. Her modules included Gender Politics and Social Research; Gender, Conflict and Peace; Militarism and its Discontents; and Sex and Violence. Her dissertation–supervised by Professor Alison Phipps–is titled “Evelyn and Elizabeth’s Stories: Sorority Sexual Victimisation, Intra-Greek Life Power Dynamics, and the Politics of Sexual Availability.”

Prior to studying in England, Erin completed her B.A. at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), where she double-majored in Women’s and Gender Studies and English Literature. During her final year at TCNJ, Erin underwent an 80-hour training with Womanspace, Inc. to become a certified crisis intervention advocate as part of the Domestic Violence Victim Response Team (DVVRT) and Sexual Assault Support Services Advocates (SASSA).  She also served as the Executive Director of Consent is So Frat, an organisation dedicated to promoting consent as an integral part of fraternity and sorority life, from September 2015-2016.

When Erin is not working on Project CURSV, she enjoys watching serial crime dramas and bad reality shows on Netflix, knitting, reading, and spending time with family and friends. In June 2019, she trained to become a volunteer with IDAS, the largest domestic and sexual violence charity in Yorkshire.

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