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Lauren N. Whitmer

Lauren N. Whitmer

PhD Student. Social Work/Anthropology Candidate

Lauren Whitmer (MSW 2015 Community Organizing; MA 2010 International Relations – Latin America, Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies) is a doctoral candidate in Social Work and Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Her dissertation research explores relationships of help-seeking and help-giving around Intimate Partner Violence in northern Peru. She is involved in several community organizing efforts around gender violence, anti-racist activism, mutual-aid, and other social justice issues, and has practice experience in crisis intervention.

Dissertation Title

Finding a Way Through the Violence: How Mujeres Abusadas in Lambayeque, Peru Navigate Formal and Informal Help-Seeking


Year Degree   School
2010 MA Ohio University, Athens
2005 BA Ohio University, Athens
2015 MSW University of Michigan
Year Description
2022 - Winter Alfredo D. and Luz Maria P. Gutierrez Dissertation Award
2022 - Fall Henry J. Meyer Scholarship Award
2021 - Sp/Su Alfredo D. and Luz Maria P. Gutierrez Dissertation Award
2021 - Fall Alfredo D. and Luz Maria P. Gutierrez Dissertation Award
2019 - Winter Joanne Yaffe Doctoral Fellowship
2019 - Fall Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant
2017 - Sp/Su International Institute Student Fellowship
2017 - Winter Outstanding GSI Award - Anthropology
2017 - Sp/Su Rackham International Research Award
2016 - Sp/Su Rackham Summer Research Grant

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