Erin Shannon is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Education at the University of York where she is researching comparative institutional responses to sexual violence in universities. Her work is rooted in feminist principles of making visible and deconstructing power relations such as gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and disability. She is particularly interested in how language and power shape our realities, and therefore uses feminist critical discourse analysis and feminist narrative analysis in her work. In addition to her thesis, Erin is a research associate on a project that aims to develop intersectional approaches to bystander intervention training in universities.
Erin received an M.A. with distinction in Gender, Violence and Conflict from the University of Sussex, where she researched American sorority women’s experiences of sexual violence. Before moving to England to undertake postgraduate study, she double-majored in Women’s and Gender Studies and English Literature at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). During her final year at TCNJ, Erin underwent an 80-hour training with Womanspace, Inc. to become a certified crisis intervention advocate as part of the Domestic Violence Victim Response Team (DVVRT) and Sexual Assault Support Services Advocates (SASSA).
When she is not working on her research, Erin enjoys watching Netflix, knitting, cooking, befriending local cats, and crafting with York’s Queer Women and Gender Group.
You can learn more about her doctoral thesis, Project CURSV (“cursive”): Comparing University Responses to Sexual Violence, at projectcursv.com.