Gronert’s research focuses on how society restricts women’s sexual autonomy, including sexual violence. Gronert focuses on college campus sexual violence, and the gender inequality, where survivors are largely women or trans, and those that harass or violate others are men. Gronert investigates how the politics of sexual violence has changed at one large, public university from 1972 through 2017, focusing on activism, policy changes, and legal changes. Gronert currently serves as the Chair of UW Madison’s Sociology Graduate Student Association’s Culture and Climate Committee. Gronert is also a professional staff member of UW Madison’s Violence Prevention office.
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Argues that sociologists can contribute to public debate and analyze complex social change by studying campus sexual violence. Reviews recent changes in law, policies, and activism on sexual violence at universities.
Analyzes how students support or don't support university affirmative consent policies. Finds that students who don't have contact with university policymakers do not support such policies and also are hesitant to voice their lack of support.