Meet the Staff

Mahri Irvine, PhD

Director of Campus Initiatives


Dr. Mahri Irvine is a nationally-recognized educator and researcher whose interests include the cultural causes of gender-based violence; physical and psychological harms caused by violence; motivations and attitudes of perpetrators; and best practices for violence prevention and culture change. Dr. Irvine earned her doctorate in Anthropology from American University in 2014. She is formally trained in anthropology and qualitative research methods, and she values a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to research and teaching. Dr. Irvine’s research focuses on rape culture and sexual violence in the United States. Her first major research study examined the impact of sexual victimization on women’s pathways to crime and prison, and she has conducted numerous trainings about this topic for professionals in counseling, nursing, law enforcement, and advocacy. Dr. Irvine is the Director of Campus Initiatives for ICESA. In her role with ICESA, Dr. Irvine is responsible for envisioning, developing, and managing the consortium, and ensuring its success. She enjoys working with her colleagues at ICESA's ten Consortium schools throughout Indiana, and is constantly inspired by her campus colleagues' enthusiasm and commitment to social justice. Dr. Irvine holds an additional position as an adjunct faculty member for the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at American University; she regularly teaches upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on gender and violence. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at IUPUI. Dr. Irvine has worked in the anti-sexual violence movement for over fifteen years. In addition to academically studying gender-based violence for over a decade, she also has over four years of experience working directly with survivors of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking. She facilitated a support group for female survivors of violence at a prison reentry organization in Washington, DC, served for three years as a rape crisis counselor and supervisor at the DC Rape Crisis Center in Washington, DC, and served for one year as a rape crisis counselor with Rape Victim Advocates in Chicago. She also served for six years as a volunteer at the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Dr. Irvine’s experiences working with rape survivors in Chicago profoundly affected her personal and professional outlook on the world, and launched her career as an anthropologist. For inquiries about the ICESA Campus Consortium and trainings or consultations about campus sexual violence, contact Dr. Irvine at For inquiries about Dr. Irvine’s research about incarcerated women and pathways to prison, contact her at