Sexual Harassment in Education and Work Settings
Current Research and Best Practices for Prevention
by Michele A. Paludi, Jennifer L. Martin, James E. Gruber, and Susan Fineran, Editors
August 2015, 347pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3293-2
$95, £74, 83€, A131
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One in four women is raped during their college years; most fail to report it.

Addresses current legal and psychological issues involved in campus and workplace violence, specifically sexual misconduct, and offers best practices for organizations seeking to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct.

Based on an idea conceived at a conference for the International Coalition of Sexual Harassment, this book offers up-to-date information about sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct in academic and workplace settings, as well as legal and guidance updates and best practices that discuss prevention methods. The chapters are written by noted attorneys, campus and workplace consultants, and other scholars who have assisted in collecting incident data and have thought leadership to offer.

Chapters address how workplaces and campuses respond to forms of violence as well as the impact of sexual harassment on individuals, bystanders, and organizations. Readers will learn about topics such as the “Not Alone” initiative—a result of President Obama’s Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault—and the history of Titles VII and IX legislation the United States. The editors have compiled resources that address the cultural and social views of sexual harassment, the history of sexual misconduct on campuses and in organizations, and sample organizations at the national level that deal with prevention, advocacy, and legal guidance for students and employees.


  • Provides an overview of current legislation surrounding sexual misconduct
  • Examines the impact of sexual misconduct on individuals, bystanders, and organizations
  • Offers recommendations for investigating complaints of sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct in organizations and universities
  • Presents invaluable insights into cultural views regarding sexual harassment
  • Contains essays by campus and workplace consultants, lawyers, and other subject experts
Michele A. Paludi, PhD, is the series editor for Praeger's Psychology of Women and author of Women, Work, and Family: How Companies Thrive with a 21st-Century Multicultural Workforce. She is an internationally recognized scholar, consultant, and expert witness on issues related to sexual harassment, campus violence, and workplace violence. Paludi is a Title IX Coordinator and Equal Opportunity and Employee Relations Specialist/ADA & 504 Coordinator for Siena College. She is the author or editor of 52 college textbooks. Paludi is in Human Resources and leadership at Excelsior College and has held faculty positions at Franklin & Marshall College, Kent State University, Hunter College, Union College, Hamilton College, and Union Graduate College.

Jennifer L. Martin, PhD, is assistant professor of education at the University of Mount Union. Prior to working in higher education, she worked in public education for 17 years, 15 of those as the department chair of English at an urban alternative high school for students labeled at-risk for school failure in metropolitan Detroit. Additionally, she taught graduate and undergraduate courses in research methods, multicultural education, educational leadership, and women and gender studies. Currently, Martin teaches graduate courses in curriculum and undergraduate courses in multicultural education, gender studies, and content area literacy. She is committed to incorporating diverse texts in all of her courses and inspiring culturally responsive pedagogical practices in current and future educators. Her published work includes Praeger's two-volume series Women as Leaders in Education: Succeeding Despite Inequity, Discrimination, and Other Challenges; Racial Battle Fatigue: Insights from the Front Lines of Social Justice Advocacy; and numerous publications on bullying and harassment, educational equity, and issues of social justice. She is currently studying the development of culturally responsive leadership practices.

James E. Gruber, PhD, is an internationally known sociologist and one of the founding members of the International Coalition Against Sexual Harassment. He has published his research on impact of sexual harassment on individuals; this research has led to his being an expert witness in court cases on sexual harassment. Gruber's research also deals with the impact of male-dominated organizations on the likelihood sexual harassment will occur.

Susan Fineran, PhD, MSW, is professor of social work and women and gender studies at the University of Southern Maine. Over the past 20 years, she has conducted research examining mental health and school performance outcomes experienced by junior high and high school students sexually harassed and bullied by peers. Fineran is one of the first researchers to examine sexual harassment that teenagers experience while working their first jobs and attending school. She is the recipient of two campus grant awards from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women to reduce sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking on college campuses.


"[A]n informative and useful guidebook for multiple constituencies. These constituencies include university administrators and faculty, human resource specialists in nonacademic organizations, and advanced undergraduate and graduate students. In my role as a university faculty member, I found their work to be especially useful for understanding how mission can drive sexual harassment policy in academic organizations and for offering suggestions for teaching students about sexual harassment."—Sex Roles, September 27, 2016
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