Val Kalei Kanuha

Senior Lecturer, Office of Field Education
Assistant Dean for Field Education
PhD, University of Washington

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For the past 40 years, Val Kalei Kanuha has been an activist, therapist, consultant and researcher focusing on intimate partner and sexual violence, and the intersection of race, gender and sexuality. Prior to her current position with the UW School of Social Work, she was professor of sociology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, she worked as a community-based researcher and consultant in Hawaii and the continental U.S., and lectured widely on violence against women and social justice issues. She has developed and tested a Hawaiian culturally based, domestic violence program; created interventions for children who have experienced domestic violence in the home; studied intimate violence in women’s same-sex relationships; and conducted a statewide survey of child abuse and neglect in Hawaii. Additionally, she has 15 years of experience as a social work field instructor.

The recipient of the NASW Presidential Award for Excellence in Research and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Hawaii, Kanuha is a founding member of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, and board member of the Joyful Heart Foundation and the National Indigenous Women’s research working group. She received a BA in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MSW from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Washington.