Misty Luminais, PhD

Senior Research Associate
Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Misty is a cultural anthropologist whose areas of specialty include gender, sexuality, urban studies, and qualitative methodology.  Her work primarily focuses on the intersections of race, gender, and class in societal systems, including gender-based violence and human trafficking. Currently, she is working on a Process Evaluation and Impact Assessment of the Safe Harbor Docket in the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Justice System, the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Project, and the Cuyahoga County Tapestry System of Care.

She obtained her PhD from Washington State University. Prior to joining the Begun Center, she was the Senior Research Associate for the Social Justice Institute of Case Western Reserve University, where she oversaw an ethnographic study of East Cleveland. She has also been involved in evaluating municipal practices as they pertain to the LGBT community. She has presented her work at the European Association for Social Anthropologists and the American Association and has published several book chapters, including pieces in Selves, Symbols, and Sexualities: Contemporary Readings; Asking for It: Discussions of Consent and Sexual Violence; and an article in Education, Citizenship and Social Justice.

Q: Why is your work at the Begun Center important to you, to our community, and to the world? I feel like the work we do at the Begun Center has direct, measurable impacts on vulnerable people affected by violence. Our work goes beyond research for the sake of research and engages the community as a partner in making meaningful changes.

Q: What is a cause about which you are particularly passionate? I support reproductive rights for all people, ensuring access to the best medical care regardless of economic, cultural, or social circumstances.

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