Graduation: Spring 2021

Research Topis: domestic violence, international development, and community practice

Awards: TL1 Multidisciplinary Predoctoral Clinical Research Traineeship, (National Institute of Health); Boeing International Fellowship (UW Graduate School); Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowship (U.S. Department of Education); GO Health Fellowship (Department of Global Health, UW)

Claire Willey-Sthapit’s (MSSW) scholarship centers translations between domestic violence research, policy, and practice, both within the United States and across national borders. Her dissertation draws on transnational feminist theory, participatory research principles, and her own family ties and previous work in Nepal, to examine how domestic violence service providers in Pokhara, Nepal negotiate between international policy and knowledge acquired through local practice. Employing thematic and critical discourse analyses of international policy documents alongside primary data generated through Nepali-language interviews, focus groups, and observations with service providers, Claire’s dissertation informs contextually and culturally responsive domestic violence policy and programming. Claire is prepared to train future social workers in foundational social work practice; participatory, quantitative, and advanced qualitative research methods; social work theory; and transnational social work.