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McNair Scholar 2016Lydia Negussie

Lydia Negussie is a senior at the University of Minnesota. She is studying sociology of law with an emphasis in policy analysis. She is interested in research that explores the intersection of crime, gender, and the social constructs that reinforce racial inequality and disparate perceptions of the law. Ms. Negussie plans to pursue a J.D./ Ph.D. duel degree.

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My dream is to become an academic and legal activist. I hope to promote social change by increasing legal education, services, and legal career opportunities within historically underrepresented communities.

Research project

Performing masculinity: examining men’s experiences of gender-based violence

Abstract: Research on gender-based violence has predominantly emphasized the victimization of women and girls. Yet, one out of every 6 men will have experienced sexual abuse before age eighteen. This work examines the links between gender-based violence and hegemonic masculinity. Male perpetrators are heavily influenced by the desire to meet masculine expectations. Likewise, male victims not only underreport but also fail to identify themselves as victims of crime. When recounting their victimization, they also frame their experiences in ways to reclaim their masculinity such as alleging intoxication hampered their ability to retaliate or defend themselves. This work has significant theoretical implications demonstrating how hegemonic masculinity cyclically influences at both the individual and institutional level the perpetuation of gender-based violence. Policy implications include violence prevention, promoting gender equality, and establishing the necessity for more adequate responses to male victims of gender-based violence. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Gabrielle Ferrales, J.D., Ph.D., is a Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota. She attained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University. Her expertise is in topics of law and society, gender, international criminal law, and criminal justice. Dr. Ferrales’ research focuses on the intersectionality of gender, crime, and law. She has published multiple articles on these topics situated in both domestic and international cases.