Alesha Durfee


Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies


School of Social Transformation


Alesha Durfee's work explores the ways that structural inequalities both constrain and are reinforced by individual behavior, and assesses the impacts of social policies implemented in an attempt to ameliorate these inequalities. She is particularly interested in how the status characteristics of individuals, such as gender, race, class, or sexuality, affect their interactions with the legal system, institutions, and other individuals.

To date her research has focused on domestic violence and the justice system, child care utilization and policy, welfare reform, and sex work. Her current research focuses on the social construction of domestic violence victimization, and how gender influences how narratives of violence are constructed and interpreted in the justice system.