Melinda Chen

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Melinda Chen (she/her) is a PhD candidate and Dean's Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas. Her dissertation examines how victim advocates support survivors of sexual violence with marginalized identities and experiences. In particular, she is interested in improving victim advocacy under present neoliberal capitalist and carceral logics that disproportionately impact minority rape victims seeking support from mainstream rape crisis centers. Melinda is also a research assistant with the Native Justice Project, headed by Sarah Deer, JD, which listens to American Indian and Alaskan Native women and Two Spirit people who have experienced sexual violence and their perspectives on justice to propose tangible legal reform in tribal areas. In her free time, Melinda volunteers as a rape victim advocate, and enjoys listening to music from across the world and whipping up delicious food in the kitchen.

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