Stephanie Bonnes, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor

Criminal Justice Department
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences

Ph.D. Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2018

M.A. Political and International Studies, Rhodes University, 2010

B.A. Sociology and History, Gettysburg College, 2008

About Stephanie

Stephanie Bonnes is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of New Haven. Her research is qualitative and broadly focuses on gender and race at the intersections of victimization, identity, inequality, and organizations. Her current book (under contract with Oxford University Press) explores sexual harassment and assault in the U.S. military from the institutional, interactional, and individual levels. She shows how sexism adapts to and functions through institutional rules, policies, practices, and interactions.

Her work is published in American Sociological Review, Gender & Society, Sociology Compass, Violence Against Women, Armed Forces and Society, and other peer-reviewed outlets. She also publishes in the media and has written about her work for The Washington Post and the London School of Economics Policy Blog and other similar outlets.

Dr. Bonnes has won numerous research and teaching awards most recently from Sage Publications, the American Society of Criminology's Victimology section, the American Society of Criminology's Division on Women and Crime, the American Sociological Association's Sex and Gender section, and the Sociologists for Women in Society.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Bonnes, Stephanie. Forthcoming. “Femininity Anchors: Heterosexual relationships and pregnancy as sites of harassment for U.S. Service-women.” American Sociological Review.

Bonnes, Stephanie. 2021. “Intersectionality and Military Sexual Violence.” Sociology Compass vol. 15 no. 12.

Bonnes, Stephanie and Jeffrey Palmer. (2021). “The U.S. Marine Corps’ Response to Intimate Partner Sexual Violence: An Analysis of The Family Advocacy Program and the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program.” Armed Forces & Society vol. 48, no. 3: 609-633.

Bonnes, Stephanie. (2020). “Service-women’s responses to Sexual Harassment: The Importance of Identity Work and Masculinity in a Gendered Organization” Violence Against Women vol. 26, no. 12-13: 1656-1680.

Bonnes, Stephanie. (2017). “The Bureaucratic Harassment of U.S. Servicewomen.” Gender & Society vol. 31, no. 6: 804-829.

Book Chapters

Eigenberg, Helen, Stephanie Bonnes, & Joanne Belknap. (2017) "Managing the Backlash," in Catherine Kaukinen, Michelle Hughes Miller, & Ráchael Powers (Eds.) Addressing and Preventing Violence Against Women on College Campuses. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

Bonnes, Stephanie & Voonchin Phua. (2007) "Sex and Sexual Health" in Deriree Ciambrone and Voonchin Phua (Eds). Experiencing Aging: A Social Gerontology Reader. Deer Park, NY: Linus Publications, Inc.

Invited Commentaries

Bonnes, Stephanie. 2018. "How Bureaucracy can Help Maintain Sexism and Inequality in the U.S. Military." London School of Economics American Politics and Policy Blog.

Bonnes, Stephanie. 2017. "The Bureaucratic Harassment of U.S. Servicewomen" Gender & Society Blog:

Bonnes, Stephanie. 2017. "Sexual Harassment, Bureaucracy, and Discretionary Power in the U.S. Military." Work in Progress Blog:

Research Interestes

Violence Against Women, Sexual Abuse, Workplace Harassment, Victimology, Crime and Organizations, Intersectionality, Racial and Gender Inequality, Race, Gender, and Crime

In the Media