Visiting Fellow 2020 Programme of Events

In May 2020, SHaME welcomes our first Visiting Fellow, Rose Corrigan, Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Politics at Drexel University.

We are very pleased to announce that Professor Rose Corrigan will join the SHaME Research Hub as our inaugural Visiting Fellow. Rose will join us at Birkbeck, University of London from 11-22 May 2020.

As part of her residence, we’ve organised a programme of events bringing together academics, activists, practitioners and public audiences with an interest in the fields of sexual violence, medicine and psychiatry.

Details of the full programme to follow. In the meantime, here’s a sneak preview of one of the events:

Monday 18 May 2020
‘Sexual violence, Medical Evidence, and the Politics of Care’
Workshop and Public Lecture

On Monday 18 May 2020, we will host a workshop bringing together academics and medical professionals around the theme of ‘Sexual Violence, Medical Evidence, and the Politics of Care’. Contributors include Rose, as well as Andrea Quinlan (Waterloo, Canada), Deborah White (Trent, Canada), Lesley McMillan (Glasgow Caledonian, UK) and Gethin Rees (Newcastle, UK). The workshop will explore ‘sexual violence, medical evidence, and the politics of care’ through three themes: Contexts, Ethics, and Futures.

Later that evening Rose will give a public lecture, followed by a roundtable with all the contributors to reflect on the day’s discussions.


Rose Corrigan is Associate Professor of Law, Associate Professor of Politics and Director of the Center for Law, Policy, and Social Action in the Thomas R Kline School of Law at Drexel University (Philadelphia, USA).

She is a law and society scholar whose research focuses on criminal justice, sexual violence, and social movements, and she has worked in the fields of reproductive rights and sexual and domestic violence for more than 15 years at organisations including Women Organized Against Rape, the Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, the National Clearinghouse for Defense of Battered Women, and the Philadelphia Women’s Medical Fund.

In her book Up Against a Wall: Rape Reform and the Failure of Success, published in 2013 by New York University Press, Corrigan argues that contemporary sexual assault reforms have fallen short of actually aiding victims of the assault. Other publications include “Making Meaning of Megan’s Law,” in Law and Social Inquiry . “People with Secrets: Contesting, Constructing, and Resisting Women’s Claims About Sexualized Victimization” (co-authored with Corey Shdaimah) In Catholic University Law Review, “Why Feminist Theory Matters for Feminist Practice: The Case of Rape Response,” Politics & Gender, and  “The New Trial by Ordeal: Rape Kits and Police Practices” in Law & Social Inquiry.