Southeastern's Sociology and Criminal Justice Department to host lecture


Monday, April 3, 2023 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – On Wednesday, March 29, Southeastern Louisiana University’s Sociology and Criminal Justice Department will host a lecture on trends in violence against transgender people in the United States. Scheduled in the Student Union Theatre at 2 p.m., the lecture will be given by leading transgender violence scholar Dr. Xavier L. Guadalupe-Diaz.
     Sociology and Criminal Justice Associate Professor Marc Settembrino said transgender people face some of the highest rates of violence in the U.S. and around the world, particularly within romantic relationships.
     “Dr. Guadalupe-Diaz’s book, Transgressed, offers a ground-breaking examination of intimate partner violence in the lives of transgender people. Drawing on data from the U.S. Transgender Survey and interviews with transgender survivors of intimate partner violence, his presentation will shed light on the dynamics of abuse that entrap trans partners in violent relationships,” Settembrino said. “His research shows how rigidly gendered discussions of violence have served to marginalize and silence stories of abuse. Ultimately, these stories of survival follow their unique journeys as they navigate and break free from the cycle of abuse, providing us with a better understanding of their experiences.”
     Guadalupe-Diaz serves as an associate professor and coordinator of the Criminology Program in the Department of Sociology at Framingham State University. His research and teaching interests lie broadly within the areas of sociological criminology, victimization, and social inequalities. Specifically, his research focuses on intimate partner violence within LGBTQ communities.
     His work has explored sexual violence, help-seeking behaviors, police disclosure, perceptions of domestic violence law, and perpetration. More recently, Guadalupe-Diaz has focused on transgender survivors of IPV, identity work, and victim identity. Other scholarly areas of interest include: queering criminology, race and the criminal justice system, and gender and sexuality.
     For more information, contact Settembrino at

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