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Misty Luminais, PhD

Misty Luminais, PhD

Senior Research Associate/Project Coordinator 216.368.3212 (o)

Misty Luminais, PhD, is the senior research associate and project coordinator for the Voicing and Action Project. She joined the Institute staff in December 2012. As a cultural anthropologist, her areas of expertise include urban studies, gender, sexuality, public health and ethnography. Her initial experiences with social justice were mitigated through feminism, but she quickly realized, in the words of Emma Lazarus, "Until we are all free, we are none of us free." The struggle against systematic injustice requires an appreciation for people's experiences in these systems while simultaneously questioning how power is structured, to whose benefit and whose detriment. She appreciates that the process of social justice culminates not with simple academic understanding of injustice, but rather with active engagement towards lessening oppression. Dr. Luminais has recently collaborated with Daphne Weidner, who was an intern at the Social Justice Institute and CWRU LGBT Center during the summer of 2015, on an article, "BDSM through the Voices of Queer Women: Structures that Support a Consent-Positive Culture" in Asking for It: Discussions of Consent and Sexual Violence.

She recently started working with the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education on the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative as a qualitative researcher.