Miriam Gleckman-Krut

PhD Candidate in Sociology, University of Michigan

About Miriam

Gleckman-Krut's research focuses on why institutions fail to prevent sexual violence. She offers a sociological lens to sexual violence prevention (e.g. what community or institutional factors contribute to the issue's longstanding prevalence?), and joins efforts to define a new sociological subfield in sexual violence.

In the News

"A Country Disinterested in Protecting People Who Flee Persecution," Miriam Gleckman-Krut, Cape Times, February 5, 2020.
"Xenophobia Does Not Belong in South Africa," Miriam Gleckman-Krut (with Jerusalem Hadush), Daily Maverick, March 20, 2019.
Interview on Betsy DeVos and campus sexual assault Miriam Gleckman-Krut (with Nicole Bedera), Michigan Radio, NPR, September 28, 2017.
"Who Gets to Define Campus Rape?," Miriam Gleckman-Krut (with Nicole Bedera), The New York Times, September 18, 2017.
"Amnesty Report Too Harsh on SA," Miriam Gleckman-Krut, Cape Times, October 2, 2013.


"Defining Sexual Consent on Campus: What’s in Media vs. What’s in the Policies," (with Elizabeth A. Armstrong, Sandra Levitsky, Kamaria Porter, Elizabeth Chase, and Jessica Garrick), Council on Contemporary Families, October 21, 2019.

Reviews findings of the first nationally representative survey of university campus sexual misconduct policies. Finds that 90% of schools offered a definition of consent, but that most did not require verbal consent. Finds a majority of schools state that consent can be revoked at any time, that consent for one activity does not imply consent for another, and that current or previous dating or sexual relationships do not imply consent for another activity. Notes that while 91% of schools state incapacitation invalidates consent, definitions of incapacitation may differ or be absent altogether. Finds that schools have not gone to extremes when it comes to drawing a line between sexuality and violence. Cautions that readers should be wary of media focus on outlier or extreme cases. Notes a need for good facts to produce good policy.

"Silence, Power, and Inequality: An Intersectional Approach to Sexual Violence," (with Elizabeth A. Armstrong and Lanora Johnson), University of Michigan, July 31, 2018.

Conceptualizes sexual violence as a mechanism of inequality that is made more effective by the silencing of its usage. Traces legal and cultural contestations over the definition of sexual violence in the United States. Considers the challenges of narrating sexual violence and review how the narrow focus on gender by some anti–sexual violence activism fails women of color and other marginalized groups. Concludes by interrogating the sociological silence on sexual violence.

"Constructing 'Corrective Rape' for South Africa: An Evaluation of a Global Media Discourse around Sexual Violence in South Africa" (with AJ Lee). Harvard Kennedy School LGBTQ Policy Journal (2014).

Integrates social scientific scholarship on sexual violence – particularly that which employs an intersectional perspective– with the goal of more fully integrating sexual violence into the sociological study of inequality.