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Sociologist to discuss social justice and rape victims


January 18, 2007

Sociologist Patricia Yancey Martin, nationally known for her research on gender and organizations, will discuss social justice and the treatment of rape victims in a lecture at Wake Forest University Feb. 1.

The free, public talk, “Organizations, Rape Work and Social Justice” will begin at 4 p.m. in Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium.

Martin, the Daisy Parker Flory Professor of Sociology at Florida State University, has written four books and more than 90 articles on gender and organizations. The lecture will be based on her most recent book, “Rape Work: Victims, Gender and Emotions in Organization and Community Context.”  In the book, she examines how organizations, including police departments, hospital emergency rooms, and the courts, respond to rape victims and suggests ways to create organizational changes aimed at improving the quality of care for rape victims.

For her work over three decades regarding gender inequality and violence against women, Martin won the 2006 Feminist Activism Award from the group Sociologists for Women in Society.  Angela Hattery, Zachary Smith Reynolds Associate Professor of Sociology at Wake Forest, applied to that organization and received a grant to fund Martin’s visit to Wake Forest.

While on campus, Martin will also lead workshops for students and staff and meet with student groups, including PREPARE, a Wake Forest student group focused on rape education, prevention and response. 

Martin chairs the sociology department at Florida State, where she has served on the faculty since 1970 and has won five teaching awards.  She has served as president of the Southern Sociological Society and has held several leadership positions in the American Sociological Association.   She has lectured at universities around the world.

Her visit is sponsored by Wake Forest’s sociology department and several campus departments and organizations.  A book signing will follow the public lecture.

For information, call (336) 758-5495.

Press Contacts:

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


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