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Assistant Professor
Justice Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
Courses Taught 
JUST 101 Introduction to Social Justice
JUST 201 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
JUST 241 Research Methods in Justice Studies
JUST 321 Violence Against Women
JUST 355 LGBTQ Communities & Crime
Research Interests 
• Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, and Queer (LGBTQ) Intimate Partner Violence • Teen Dating Violence, Youth Bullying, Child Abuse, & Youth Violence Prevention Programming • Sexual Violence • Gender Identities, Sexualities, & Stigma

• Ph.D., Sociology, University of California at Riverside, Riverside, California, 2010
• M.A., Sociology, University of California at Riverside, Riverside, California, 2007
• B.A., Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, 2005

Selected Publications 

Publications – Books & Book Chapters
Messinger, AM. (2017). LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence: Lessons for Policy, Practice, and Research. University of California Press: Oakland, CA.

Messinger, AM. (2014). Marking 35 Years of Same-sex Intimate Partner Violence Research: Lessons and Future Directions. In Peterson, D. and V.R. Panfil (Eds.) The Handbook of LGBT Communities, Crime, and Justice, pp. 65-85. Springer Science + Business Media Publishing: New York.

Publications – Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Whitton, SW, Newcomb, ME, Messinger, AM, Byck, G, & B Mustanski. (2016). A longitudinal study of IPV victimization among sexual minority youth. Journal of interpersonal violence, 0886260516646093.

Messinger, AM. (2015). Teaching Interactionist Gender Theory through Speed Dating. Teaching Sociology, 43(2), 154-162.

Messinger, AM, Fry, DA, Rickert, VI, Catallozzi, M, & LL Davidson. (2014). Extending Johnson’s Intimate Partner Violence Typology: Lessons from an Adolescent Sample. Violence Against Women, 20(8), 948-971.

Fry, DA, Messinger, AM, Rickert, VI, O'Connor, MK, Palmetto, N, Lessel, H, & LL Davidson. (2014). Adolescent Relationship Violence: Help-Seeking and Help-Giving Behaviors among Peers. Journal of Urban Health, 91(2), 320-334.

Risser, HJ, Messinger, AM, Fry, DA, Davidson, LL, & PA Schewe. (2013). Do maternal and paternal mental illness and substance abuse predict treatment outcomes for children exposed to violence? Child Care in Practice, 19(3), 221-236.

Schewe, PA, Risser, HJ, & AM Messinger. (2013). Safe from the Start: Evaluating Interventions for Children Exposed to Violence. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 22(1), 67-86.

Messinger, AM, Nieri, T, Villar, P, & MA Luengo. (2012). Acculturation Stress and Bullying Among Immigrant Youths in Spain. Journal of School Violence, 9(4), 306-322.

Messinger, AM, Rickert, VI, Fry, D, Lessel, H, & LL Davidson. (2012). Revisiting the Role of Communication in Adolescent Intimate Partner Violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 9(4), 306-322.

Messinger, AM. (2012). Teaching Content Analysis through Harry Potter. Teaching Sociology, 40(4), 360-367.

Messinger, AM. (2011). Invisible Victims: Same-Sex Intimate Partner Violence in the National Violence Against Women Survey. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26(11), 2228-2243.

Messinger, AM, Davidson, LL, & VI Rickert. (2011). IPV Among Adolescent Reproductive Health Clinic Patients: The Role of Relationship Communication. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26(9), 1851-1867.

Publications – Other
Messinger, AM. (2017). The isolation of transgender, undocumented victims of domestic violence. The Huffington Post.

Additional Information 

My research centers on intimate partner violence (IPV) – psychological, physical, or sexual abuse within romantic and sexual relationships – among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals.  Research has found that LGBTQ individuals are more likely than heterosexuals to experience IPV and its many negative consequences, and yet policies, services, and interventions often overlook this stigmatized population.  To help raise awareness about and improve solutions to LGBTQ IPV, I am currently working on several projects:

   o    Co-Investigator on a 5-year longitudinal study of the causal pathways leading into and out of healthy and unhealthy sexual minority youth relationships
   o    Principal Investigator on a multi-city study about barriers to help-seeking for LGBTQ IPV victims
   o    Principal Investigator on a study about the use and misuse of communication technologies in LGBTQ and heterosexual-cisgender relationships

I look forward to continuing to serve those who live in what scholars have termed a "double closet": LGBTQ victims silenced not only by fear of their abusers but also by the fear that those who are homophobic and transphobic in society will refuse to help them.

To learn more about this important issue, or if you are interested in future research collaborations, volunteer research positions, speaking engagements, or media interviews, please contact me at my listed university email address.

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