Forkenbrock Series on Public Policy


Panel Two: National Domestic Violence Politics

EW Lehman Ballroom, hotelVetro, 201 S. Dubuque Street
Monday, October 9th, 2017 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM


  • Tracy Osborn

    Tracy Osborn

    University of Iowa Department of Political Science

    Tracy Osborn is the Director of the Politics and Policy Group at the Iowa and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science.  Her research focuses on women, politics, and public policy in the U.S. state legislatures and Congress, women’s political behavior, and gendered violence.  She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2004 and joined the political science department at the University of Iowa in 2007.  Currently, her research examines women legislators’ partisanship and policy development in the U.S. state legislatures since 1960, public opinion toward women terrorists and terrorism policy, and antifeminist policy and women’s representation in the U.S. states.


  • Carolyn Hartley

    Carolyn Hartley

    University of Iowa School of Social Work

    Carolyn Copps Hartley, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Iowa. Her research focuses on legal system responses to intimate partner violence (IPV). She uses the lens of therapeutic jurisprudence, which posits that legal rules and procedures, and agents of the legal system (advocates, lawyers, judges, etc.) act as social forces that can produce positive, therapeutic effects, or negative, anti-therapeutic effects for the mental health and psychological functioning of the non-agents (victims, defendants, witnesses) participating in the system.  Her most recent project, in collaboration with Iowa Legal Aid, examined the long-term effects of civil legal services on battered women. She has also studied criminal court responses to IPV, including defense strategies used in domestic violence felony trials and specialized prosecution programs.  Since 2008, Professor Hartley has also served as the lead faculty trainer for the Iowa Victim Assistance Academy, which trains service providers working with crime victims in the state of Iowa.

  • Ronnee Schreiber

    Ronnee Schreiber

    San Diego State University

    Ronnee Schreiber is Professor and Chair of Political Science at San Diego State University. She has published widely on conservative women and politics, and her book, Righting Feminism: Conservative Women and American Politics, has been review extensively. Her recent projects include examining how motherhood and ideology intersect in politics, the status of conservative feminism, and how women fare in electoral politics. She received her PhD from Rutgers University.

  • Sarah Gonzalez Bocinski

    Sarah Gonzalez Bocinski

    Institute for Women's Policy Research

    Sarah Gonzalez Bocinski is the Director of the Economic Security for Survivors Project at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. She oversees the development of training, tools, and curricula and provides technical assistance to domestic/sexual violence programs and justice system professionals on strategies to better address the intersections of survivor economic security and safety. Sarah specializes in the creation and implementation of employment focused curricula as well as fostering comprehensive community-based support strategies.

    She has presented at national and regional conferences for domestic and sexual violence advocates and criminal justice professionals. Keynotes include Intersections of Economic Insecurity and Sexual Assault: Consequences of Childhood Victimization and Economic Insecurity and Barriers to Safety and Recovery for Rural Survivors. Sarah has been quoted by local and regional radio, and trade press on local efforts to address the needs of survivors.

    Prior to joining IWPR, Sarah worked at Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) where she advocated for policies that promote economic security for women and girls in the District of Columbia, and designed and facilitated career empowerment programs for job readiness programs, teen empowerment programs, and domestic violence programs. Before working at WOW, Sarah worked in institutional development. Sarah received her B.A. from Colgate University and Master of Public Policy from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, where she studied on social welfare programs and workforce development policies.