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Domestic violence, child abuse, family and community violence, social service and nonprofit management, criminal justice, and policy issues dealing with racial and gender justice
Evan Stark is an associate professor of public administration, director of the master's in public health program at Rutgers-Newark and director of the Division of Urban Health Administration at the UMDNJ School of Public Health. With a Ph.D. in sociology and an MSW, Dr. Stark specializes in health and medical care, family and community violence, political theory, the urban environment, social service and nonprofit management, criminal justice, and policy issues dealing with racial and gender justice. Dr. Stark is a leading authority on woman battering and child abuse and has won numerous awards for directing The Yale Trauma Studies in the 1980s with Anne Flitcraft, M.D.
His new book, Coercive Control: How Men Entrap Women in Personal Life won the excellence award from the American Publishers Association; it was named the 2007 best book in sociology/social work. The book tracks the implications for policy and administration of reframing domestic violence as a "liberty crime." Current research involves evaluating state initiatives in domestic violence and assessing the potential role of independent oversight panels in improving the effectiveness of state services.
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