Dr. Mahri Irvine is an educator and researcher whose interests include the cultural causes of gender-based violence; physical and psychological harms caused by violence; motivations and attitudes of perpetrators; and best practices for violence prevention and culture change.
Dr. Irvine earned her doctorate in Anthropology from American University in 2014. She is formally trained in anthropology and qualitative research methods, and she values a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to research and teaching. Dr. Irvine’s research focuses on rape culture and sexual violence in the United States. Her first major research study examined the impact of sexual victimization on women’s pathways to crime and prison, and she has conducted numerous trainings about this topic for professionals in counseling, nursing, law enforcement, and advocacy.
Dr. Irvine serves as the Director of Campus Initiatives for the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault (ICESA). In this role, Dr. Irvine is responsible for managing ICESA’s statewide Campus Consortium, providing guidance and assistance to campus response and prevention initiatives, and facilitating the creation of campus Sexual Assault Response Teams throughout the state.
Dr. Irvine serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at American University. At American University, she regularly teaches upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on gender and violence. Dr. Irvine has been involved in the movement to end men’s violence against women and children since 2001.