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Brandie Pugh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Brandie Pugh is an Assistant Professor at West Virginia University in the fields of Sociology and Criminology. She previously served as an Assistant Professor at St. John’s University in New York City. She graduated with honors from Ohio University in 2012 with bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Criminology and received her doctorate in Sociology in August 2022 from the University of Delaware. Her dissertation explored how research on rape and rape prevention efforts are influenced by, and often confined to, parameters grounded in the history of the feminist movement of the 1970s. Her recent and ongoing research is connected to a plethora of interrelated topics that involve consent and coercion, gender harassment, trauma informed gynecological care, and cross-national experiences of violence, to name a few. Brandie also engages in another line of inquiry associated with parental influence on youth substance use and involvement in sexual violence prevention. Her future research endeavors will explore public perceptions and knowledge of crimes of the powerful, such as corporate and state crime. In addition to her love for research, Brandie enjoys listening to music, hiking, and spending time with her loved ones, including her daughter (i.e., a 45-pound boxer mix). 

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