Jocelyn Hollander, Department of Sociology

Jocelyn Hollander

Jocelyn Hollander

Practice Areas: Women’s Self-Defense Training, Prevention of Violence Against Women, Interactional Approaches to Gender, Pedagogy

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Jocelyn Hollander is an academic expert in the prevention of sexual assault and other forms of violence against women. Her recent research investigates the effectiveness of women’s self-defense training for preventing sexual assault, both on college campuses and in the larger community. She developed and co-teaches the University of Oregon’s empowerment self-defense classes, taught through the Department of PE and Rec. She is also an expert in interactional approaches to gender and preparing graduate students to teach. 

Recent Media: 
Self Defense Training is Empowering These Women to Get Outdoors (Backpacker Magazine, July 20, 2022)
What I Gained From Self-Defense Class in the Wake of Anti-Asian Attacks (The New York Times, June 9, 2021)
Belarusian women turn to self-defence in battle against domestic violence (Global Voices, March 31, 2020)
After the #MeToo movement, women are choosing to strike back, literally (Chesterfield Observer, Oct. 9, 2019)
‘Empowerment Self-Defense’ Programs Make Women Safer. Why Don’t More Colleges Use Them? (The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 19, 2019)
Woman jogger stabs man who grabbed her from behind: Can self-defense keep you safe? (Yahoo Lifestyle, Nov. 15, 2017)
#MeToo and sexual violence in the U.S. fire service (The Huffington Post, Oct. 20, 2017)
Why is campus rape still so prevalent? A 40-year-old journalist went back to college to find out (Glamour, Aug. 2, 2017)
Why isn’t self-defense training available to every woman who wants it? (The Huffington Post, June 17, 2015)
Trained that 'No Means No,' young men act to stop rape (Reuters, June 17, 2015)
Teaching women to fight today could stop rapes tomorrow (Quartz, June 11, 2015)
Campus rape crisis: What’s missing from the White House sexual violence plan (WBUR, Sept. 11, 2014)