Rae Taylor

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Loyola University New Orleans

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About Rae

Taylor’s teaching and research expertise are in the areas of violent crime, particularly lethal and non-lethal intimate partner violence and homicide, as well as social and institutional responses to violent crime, particularly the media. Most recently, her research has focused on human trafficking and other victimizations suffered by trafficking victims over the life course. Taylor has served on the Board of Directors at a local shelter for women and children for domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, and on a state board for sexual assault prevention. In addition, she serves on a state working group for sentencing reform, and has done policy-oriented research work with homelessness organizations in Louisiana and Florida.


A Study of Trafficking and Exploitative Labor among Homeless Youth in New Orleans

  • Laura Murphy
  • Christian L. Bolden

In the News

Quoted by Kristen Stewart in "Mayor Landrieu Signs Rape Kit Reform," Loyola Maroon, September 4, 2015.
Interviewed in "Finding Jenn's Voice," Finding Jenn’s Voice, 2014.


"Trafficking and Exploitative Labor Among Homeless Youth in New Orleans," (with Laura T. Murphy and Christian L. Bolden), Modern Slavery Research Project and Loyola University New Orleans, March 2015.

Studies the prevalence of trafficking among homeless and marginally-housed youth in New Orleans, Louisiana.

"The Importance of ‘Sexual Proprietariness’ in Theoretical Framing and Interpretation of Pregnancy–Associated Intimate Partner Violence and Femicide: Through the Eyes of a Junior Scholar" Homicide Studies 16, no. 4 (2012): 346-358.
Discusses the influence of Wilson and Daly’s concept of sexual proprietariness in studying and explaining pregnancy-associated intimate partner violence. Examines how the concept stems from the evolutionary psychology perspective and explains notions of perceived ownership and control over women and their reproduction.
"Femicide and the Feminist Perspective" (with Jana L. Jasinski). Homicide Studies 15, no. 4 (2011): 341-362.
Discusses the utility of the feminist perspective in femicide research by evaluating the tenants of the perspective and their application in existing femicide research.
"Pink or Blue…Black and Blue? Examining Pregnancy as a Predictor of Intimate Partner Violence and Femicide" (with Erin L. Nabors). Violence Against Women 15, no. 1 (2009): 1273-1293.
Examines the relationship between pregnancy and intimate partner violence by looking at samples involving no abuse, abuse, and lethal abuse. Argues that status incompatibilities predict violence more than pregnancy.
"Slain and Slandered: A Content Analysis of the Portrayal of Femicide in Crime News" Homicide Studies 13, no. 1 (2009): 21-49.
Examines the media portrayal of newspaper articles on femicide. Argues that the media tends to blame victims of femicide either directly or indirectly using a variety of tactics in reporting.