1st Edition

Thinking Like an Abolitionist to End Sexual Violence in Higher Education

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book brings abolitionist ideas into higher education contexts as a way to address the problem of sexual violence on college campuses. Despite college and university administrators spending millions of dollars each year to address sexual violence among students, rates of sexual violence have not budged. This cutting-edge book first examines the histories of policies enacted to address sexual violence on campuses, drawing parallels between campus movements and mainstream feminist movements, describes contexts contributing to ongoing harm and violence among students with minoritized identities, and explores healing through community accountability processes. Thinking Like an Abolitionist to End Sexual Violence in Higher Education provides promising strategies for leaders in higher education to consider, including embracing mistakes, moving through fear, facilitating individual and collective healing, and employing transformative approaches to accountability. With suggestions for engaging in reflection and specific calls to action, practitioners, researchers, activists, educators, and policymakers alike will find this resource to be a transformative keystone text.

    1. Introduction: Setting a Context  2. What Do We Mean By “Abolitionist Thinking”?  3: History and Context of Sexual Violence in Higher Education  4. Examining Carceral Practices in Higher Education  5. Healing as Abolitionist Praxis  6. Moving Beyond Fear: Strategies for Thinking Like an Abolitionist  7. Envisioning an Abolitionist Future


    Chris Linder is Associate Professor of Higher Education and Director of the McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Utah, USA.

    Nadeeka Karunaratne is Postdoctoral Researcher in the McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Utah, USA.

    Niah S. Grimes is Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at Morgan State University, USA.



    "I came for the critique of compliance culture and was wowed by the visions, paradigm shifts, and examples of accountability, abundance, and liberation. Part critical scholarly analysis, part manifesto, and part visioning, this book is powerful, thought-provoking, informative, and inspiring."

    Keith E. Edwards, Sexual Violence Prevention, Equity and Allyship Speaker, Author, and Leadership Coach, USA.


    "After reading this book, I am more hopeful than I have been in a long time that true transformative change is not only possible, but on its way."

    Sarah Socorro Hurtado, Assistant Professor of Higher Education, University of Denver, USA.


    "This is a robust and bold text that invites us to advance our sensemaking in higher education. The approach the authors take will challenge, inspire, and compel you to dream better dreams and possibilities for the future of higher education and beyond."

    TJ Stewart, Assistant Professor of Higher Education & Student Affairs, Iowa State University, USA.


    "This book not only describes work that could take place beyond compliance culture but proposes a dismantling and rebuilding of a future in which we not only check boxes but create conditions where true liberation, accountability, and love are possible in our higher education communities."

    LB Klein, Sexual Violence Prevention Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.