Claire Kaplan, Ph.D., is Director of the Gender Violence and Social Change Program at UVA’s Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center. In addition to her responsibilities in her job, she co-teaches Gender Violence and Social Justice each spring with Cartie Lominack, executive director of the Shelter for Help in Emergency, and occasionally teachers other courses on related topics. She joined the anti-violence movement in 1981 as a volunteer with the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women (now “Peace Over Violence”) andlater joined the staff as Director of Training and Outreach. She was hired as UVA’s first Sexual Assault Education Coordinator in 1991. Kaplan manages a national listserv for campus-based anti-violence programs, and has served on numerous committees and boards, including the campus advisory committee for Futures Without Violence; the Board of Take Back the Night Foundation; and the Campus Task Force of Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. She received her BS from UC Davis, her Masters degree in Professional Writing (screenplay and non-fiction) from the University of Southern California, and her Ph.D. from UVA's Curry School of Education. Among her publications are: “Domestic Violence–Intimate Partner Violence,"(Emergency Medicine Specialty Reports, 2006); “Shattered Pride: Resistance and Intervention Strategies in Cases of Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, and Hate Crimes Against Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Students”, in Toward Acceptance: Sexual Orientation on Campus, edited by Nancy Evans and Vernon Wall (University Press of America: 2000); and "Violence Against Women: Responses by Women's Centers to Sexual Violence” for The Handbook for University and College Women's Centers, Greenwood Publishing Group (2002). Her doctoral research focused on undergraduate campus feminist activists and their ability to sustain their activism after graduation. These days she’s reclaiming her creative self and has begun taking classes in stained glass, and hopes to finish her children’s book before too many decades have passed. She serves as a Research and Practice Committee Chair.


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