Adam Messinger smiles into the camera.
Associate Professor
Justice Studies
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4798
Courses Taught
JUST 101 Introduction to Social Justice
JUST 201 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
JUST 321 Violence Against Women
JUST 345 Practicum in Justice Studies
JUST 348 Research Methods in Justice Studies
JUST 355 LGBTQ Communities & Crime
JUST 393 Independent Study in Social Justice
ZHON 395 Honors Thesis
Research Interests
• Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, 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


Messinger, A. M. (2017). LGBTQ intimate partner violence: Lessons for policy, practice, and research. University of California Press: Oakland, CA.

Messinger, A. M. (2014). Marking 35 years of same-sex intimate partner violence research: Lessons and future directions. In D. Peterson & V. R. Panfil (Eds.) The handbook of LGBT communities, crime, and justice, 65-85. Springer Science + Business Media Publishing: New York.

Messinger, A. M., & Roark, J. (In Press). LGBTQ partner violence. In W. S. DeKeseredy, C. Rennison, & A. Hall-Sanchez (Eds.) The Routledge international handbook of violence studies. Routledge: London.

Messinger, A. M., & Roark, J. (In Press). Transgender intimate partner violence and aging. In M. Houlberg (Ed.) Transgender health and aging: Culturally competent care for transgender aging patients. Springer: New York.

Messinger, A. M., & Koon-Magnin, S. (In Press). Sexual violence in LGBTQ communities. In W. O’Donohue, C. Cummings, & P. A. Schewe (Eds.) Handbook of sexual assault prevention. Springer: New York.


Fry, D. A., Messinger, A. M., Rickert, V. I., O'Connor, M. K., Palmetto, N., Lessel, H., & Davidson, L. L. (2014). Adolescent relationship violence: Help-seeking and help-giving behaviors among peers. Journal of Urban Health, 91(2), 320-334.

Messinger, A. M. (In Press). Bidirectional same-gender and sexual minority intimate partner violence. Violence and Gender.

Messinger, A. M. (2011). Invisible victims: Same-sex intimate partner violence in the National Violence Against Women Survey. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26(11), 2228-2243.

Messinger, A. M. (2012). Teaching content analysis through Harry Potter. Teaching Sociology, 40(4), 360-367.

Messinger, A. M. (2015). Teaching interactionist gender theory through speed dating. Teaching Sociology, 43(2), 154-162.

Messinger, A. M., Birmingham, R. S., DeKeseredy, W. S. (In Press). Perceptions of same-gender and different-gender intimate partner cyber-monitoring. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Messinger, A. M., Davidson, L. L., & Rickert, V.I. (2011). IPV among adolescent reproductive health clinic patients: the role of relationship communication. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26(9), 1851-1867.

Messinger, A. M., Fry, D. A., Rickert, V. I., Catallozzi, M., & Davidson, L. L. (2014). Extending Johnson’s intimate partner violence typology: Lessons from an adolescent sample. Violence Against Women, 20(8), 948-971.

Messinger, A. M., Nieri, T., Villar, P., & Luengo, M.A. (2012). Acculturation stress and bullying among immigrant youths in Spain. Journal of School Violence, 9(4), 306-322.

Messinger, A. M., Rickert, V. I., Fry, D., Lessel, H., & Davidson, L.L. (2012). Revisiting the role of communication in adolescent intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 9(4), 306-322. []

Risser, H. J., Messinger, A. M., Fry, D. A., Davidson, L. L., & Schewe, P.A. (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, P. A., Risser, H. J., & Messinger, A.M. (2013). Safe from the start: Evaluating interventions for children exposed to violence. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 22(1), 67-86.

Whitton, S. W., Newcomb, M. E., Messinger, A. M., Byck, G., & Mustanski, B. (2016). A longitudinal study of IPV victimization among sexual minority youth. Journal of interpersonal violence, 0886260516646093.


Coltrane, S., & Messinger, A. M. (2008). Men. In W. A. Darity, Jr. (Ed.) International encyclopedia of the social sciences, 80-82. MacMillian Reference.

Messinger, A. M. (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-Editor for what will be amongst the first books published on transgender IPV (est. publication in 2019).
   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 peer support for LGBTQ IPV perpetrators.
   o    Co-Principal Investigator on a study about syndemic family violence risk factors and outcomes among LGBTQ and heterosexual-cisgender university students.

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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Northeastern Illinois University
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United States

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