Gronert examines questions of how law, institutional power, and activism shape social inequality by focusing on sexual violence and sexual consent in higher education. Her dissertation uses a historical case study of one university to explore how strategies to address sexual violence are institutionalized, and how Title IX implementation has become part of student expectations, university structures, and administrators’ careers. Gronert is a 2021 NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellow and is affiliated with UW-Madison's Sexual Violence Research Initiative.
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Argues that sociologists can contribute to public debate and analyze complex social change by studying campus sexual violence. Reviews recent changes in law, policies, and activism on sexual violence at universities.
Analyzes how students support or don't support university affirmative consent policies. Finds that students who don't have contact with university policymakers do not support such policies and also are hesitant to voice their lack of support.