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Lauren N. Whitmer

Lauren N. Whitmer

PhD Student. Social Work/Anthropology Graduate - 2023

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

Ay Amiga, ¿Qué Puedo Hacer? Oh Friend, What Can I Do?: An Ethnographic Analysis of How Socio-Cultural and Structural Factors Shape Help-Seeking Relationships for Intimate Partner Violence in Lambayeque, Peru


Year Degree   School
2023 PhD University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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

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