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Katherine Stuart van Wormer

Katherine Stuart van Wormer University of Northern Iowa, 610 Tremont St., Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613, United States
Biography

Katherine Stuart van Wormer grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and received her B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina and went on to get a postgraduate degree in English education from Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she taught English for two years; a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Georgia (specializing in corrections and social psychology) and finally, an MSSW from the University of Tennessee-Nashville.

Active in the civil rights and peace movements in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and later, in Northern Ireland, Katherine van Wormer continues to work for peace. For two and a half years she worked as an alcoholism counselor in Washington State and Ohio, and for two years served as program director at Vangseter, a treatment center north of Hamar, Norway. Her academic work has been mostly in the area of women in prison and addiction treatment. Harm reduction and restorative justice are two of her favorite models and the subject of numerous articles. Today van Wormer is professor of social work at the University of Northern Iowa.

Dr. van Wormer is the author of two trade books and numerous textbooks. The trade books are The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South (2012, LSU Press) co-authored with D.W. Jackson III and C.Sudduth. The second book is Death by Domestic Violence: Preventing the Murders and the Murder-Suicides (2009, Praeger).

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