Facebook Pixel Diversity and Community Studies | Western Kentucky University Skip to main content

Diversity and Community Studies

Dr. Dana Cuomo

Dr. Dana Cuomo
- Assistant Professor CSJ


I am an assistant professor in the Department of Diversity and Community Studies. I teach primarily in Citizenship and Social Justice (undergraduate) and Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities (graduate) programs.


My teaching and scholarship are interdisciplinary in scope, drawing on political and cultural geography, feminist legal studies, postcolonial studies, rural sociology and gender and race studies. My research applies a feminist analytic to examine the intersections of institutional and interpersonal violence and the structural inequalities within experiences of citizenship and security. My largest project to date examines how the sociocultural and spatial processes within police work affect experiences of security and autonomy for survivors of intimate partner violence. My scholarship is informed by my five years of combined experience providing advocacy services to over 800 survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and stalking in rural Central Pennsylvania and at the University of Washington in Seattle. I also use my research and professional experiences as a victim advocate in the classroom to engage students in questions of social justice, individual and collective action, and community-based research.


Recent Publications

2017. Cuomo, D. Calling 911: Intimate Partner Violence and Responsible Citizenship in a Neoliberal Era. Social and Cultural Geography.


2017. V.A. Massaro and D. Cuomo. 2017. “Navigating Intimate Insider Status: Bridging Audiences through Writing and Presenting.” In Writing Intimacy into Feminist Geography, edited by Pamela Moss and Courtney Donovan, pp. 59-69.


2016. D. Cuomo and V.A. Massaro. Boundary-Making in Feminist Research: New Methodologies for “Intimate Insiders.” Gender, Place and Culture. 23(1): 94-106.


2016. Christian, J., Dowler, L., and D. Cuomo. Learning to Fear: Feminist Geopolitics and the Hot Banal. Political Geography. 54: 64-72.


2014. L. Dowler, D. Cuomo and N. Laliberte. Challenging ‘The Penn State Way’: A Feminist Response to Institutional Violence in Higher Education. Gender, Place and Culture. 21(3): 387-394.


2013. D. Cuomo. Security and fear: The Geopolitics of Intimate Partner Violence Policing. Geopolitics. 18(4): 856-874.



Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University (Geography and Women’s Studies), 2015

M.S. The Pennsylvania State University (Geography and Women’s Studies), 2007

Back to Listing

Facebook art

Some of the links on this page may require additional software to view.

 Last Modified 2/1/18