Forkenbrock Series on Public Policy


Conference on Gendered Violence

EW Lehman Ballroom, hotelVetro, 201 S. Dubuque Street
Monday, October 9th, 2017 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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The Public Policy Center will host a day-long conference on gendered violence on Monday, Oct. 9 at hotelVetro in Downtown Iowa City.

The conference will examine domestic violence policies at local, state, national, and international levels, with some focus on recent changes in Iowa, the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Supreme Court decisions, and administration changes.

This page will be continually updated as speakers and topics are confirmed. Please check back.

(Please register by Wednesday, October 4 to include lunch.)


Monday, October 9th, 2017
Session Details Speakers
8:00 AM Coffee and Registration/Check-In
8:45 AM Welcome and Introductions
9:00 AM Panel One: International Domestic Violence Problems
  1. Janet Johnson
  2. Celeste Montoya
  3. Michele Leiby
10:15 AM Morning Break
10:30 AM Panel Two: National Domestic Violence Politics
  1. Carolyn Hartley
  2. Ronnee Schreiber
  3. Sarah Gonzalez Bocinski
11:45 AM Lunch, Networking, and Gallery Viewing
  1. Melissa Kreider
1:00 PM Keynote Speaker
  1. Sarah Super
2:00 PM Panel Three: Local and State Domestic Violence Politics
  1. Kristie Doser
  2. Laura Hessburg
3:15 PM Wrap Up
  1. Tracy Osborn
  • 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.

  • Kristie Doser

    Domestic Violence Intervention Program

    Kristie Fortmann-Doser was named Executive Director of DVIP in April 2004.  She has worked in the domestic violence and sexual assault fields for 31 years. She has a BA in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies from the University of Iowa and is a Certified Domestic Abuse Advocate.  Kristie is currently a member of the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Kristie is a former President of the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault and co-authored & authored statewide Ethical Standards and training materials for domestic violence programs, sexual assault programs, and healthcare professionals.  In addition, Kristie was part of the statewide steering committee that developed Iowa’s Batterer’s Education Program. Ms. Fortmann-Doser’s recent research examines the efficacy of domestic violence shelters and the disproportionate impact of shelter closings on marginalized populations (with specific focus on African American women and women struggling with poverty that have been battered by an intimate partner). Considered an expert in this field, Kristie has presented to area, regional and national audiences concerning the nature and incidence of violence against women, domestic violence and sexual assault.  Kristie Fortmann-Doser has been vetted and provides expert testimony for civil and criminal cases in the Iowa Judicial system, having testified for more than two dozen cases.

  • Carolyn Hartley

    University of Iowa School of Social Work

  • Laura Hessburg

    Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV)

    Laura Hessburg joined ICADV as Director of Public Policy in October 2014. Laura helps develop and advance ICADV state and federal legislative priorities. Laura works with victim service advocates to educate policymakers about domestic violence issues and the services provided by local programs. She also works to engage groups and organizations in supporting ICADV public policy goals. Laura brings 25 years of public policy experience to this position. Prior to joining ICADV, she worked in Washington, DC for several non-profit organizations seeking to advance low-income women’s access to health care and as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill. Laura received her BA in history from the University of Northern Iowa. 

  • Janet Johnson

    CUNY, Brooklyn

  • Melissa Kreider

    University of Iowa Art and Art History Department

    Melissa Kreider (b. 1993) is an MFA student at the University of Iowa and holds a BFA in Photography from the University of Akron. Melissa’s work examines sites of sexual violence against women and how the justice system archives these reports as well as the evidence that is collected. Her work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally. Melissa Kreider is a Graduate Teacher of Record at the University of Iowa, in the Art and Art History Department. She reads more books then she should and owns two cats; a hardened street cat named Asphalt, and a cat with thumbs named Valentino. Melissa is the founder and curator of Don’t Smile, an online space dedicated to showcasing photography by women artists

  • Michele Leiby

    College of Wooster

    Michele Leiby is an Associate Professor in Political Science at the College of Wooster.  Her research focuses on human rights and political violence, gender and conflict processes, and human rights advocacy. Methodologically, her work incorporates large-N data collection and statistical analysis, interview and archival research, survey experiments, and extensive fieldwork in Latin America and the United States. Her work has been published in English and Spanish, appearing in American Political Science Review, International Studies Quarterly, Politics and Society, Revista Memoria as well as in multiple edited volumes. At the College of Wooster she teaches courses on human rights, comparative politics and social science research methods.

  • Celeste Montoya

    University of Colorado Boulder

    Celeste Montoya is Associate Professor of Women & Gender Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. She received her PhD in Political Science and a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005. Her research focuses on the ways in which women and other marginalized groups mobilize to enact change through social movements as well as policy and political institutions. She is particularly interested in intersectional efforts aimed at combating gendered violence, and has studied initiatives in the United States and Europe, as well as transnational efforts aimed more globally. She is author of From Global to Grassroots: The European Union, Transnational Advocacy, and Combating Violence against Women(Oxford University Press 2013). She has also published in International Organization, Politics & Gender, Social Politics, Publius and Urban Affairs Review.

  • 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.

  • 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 Super

    Break the Silence

    Sarah Super is a rape survivor, educator, and activist. She founded Break the Silence, an organization that supports survivors of sexual violence by striving to end rape culture and hold perpetrators accountable. Through Break the Silence, Sarah has organized community truth-telling events, public protests and demonstrations, and has gained unanimous approval from the Minneapolis Park Board to build the nation's first permanent memorial to honor survivors here in the Twin Cities. Sarah earned her M.Ed. in human resource development and a dual B.A. with honors in American studies and sociology from the University of Minnesota.

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