Raquel Kennedy Bergen, Ph.D.
Raquel Kennedy Bergen is a Professor of Sociology. She is a fellow in the Institute for Violence Research and Prevention at Saint Joseph’s University. A graduate of Saint Joseph’s, she received her Master’s Degree and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the faculty of Saint Joseph’s in 1993.
She is the author or co-author of numerous scholarly publications and five books on violence against women including, Wife Rape: Understanding the Response of Survivors and Service Providers; and Issues in Intimate Violence (Sage Publications). With Claire Renzetti and Jeff Edleson she edited, Sourcebook on Violence Against Women (Sage Publications) and the recently published anthology, Violence Against Women: Classic Statement (Allyn and Bacon); and Violence Against Women: Readings from Social Problems (Rowman Littlefield). Her area of expertise is intimate partner sexual violence and her current research explores women’s experiences of sexual and physical violence during pregnancy.
In 2004 she was appointed by the Honorable Governor Edward Rendell to the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission. She is currently the only woman to serve on this Commission.
Raquel Kennedy Bergen has worked with battered women and sexual assault survivors for the past 18 years. She routinely travels the country to educate advocates for battered women and sexual assault survivors on intimate partner sexual violence. She is also the faculty moderator of REPP — the Rape Education Prevention Program at Saint Joseph’s University.
M.A. & Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Renzetti, C.M. & Bergen, R.K. Violence Against Women: Readings from Social Problems (SSSP Presidential Series) Boulder CO: Rowman and Littlefield. (2005)
Bergen, R.K., Edleson, J.E. & Renzetti, C.M. Violence Against Women: Classic Papers. Boston MA:Allyn and Bacon. (2005)
Renzetti, C.M., Edleson, J.E. & Bergen, R.K. Sourcebook on Violence Against Women. Thousand Oaks, CA, Sage. (2001)
Bergen, R.K. Issues in Intimate Violence. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (1998)
Bergen, R.K. Wife Rape: Understanding the Response of Survivors and Service Providers. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (1996)
Bergen, R.K. & Bukovec, P. “Men and Intimate Partner Rape: Characteristics of Men Who Sexually Abuse their Partners.” The Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Vol. 21:10, pg. 1375-1384. (2006)
Bergen, R.K. “Studying Wife Rape: Reflections on the Past, Present and Future” Violence Against Women. Vol. 10:12, pg. 1407-1416. (2004)
Bergen, R.K. & Bogle, K. “Exploring the Connection Between Pornography and Sexual Violence.” Violence and Victims. 15:3, 227-234 (2000)
Other Scholarly Work:
Marital Rape: New Research and Directions by the Applied Research Forum of the National Network on Violence Against Women (VAWNet). February, 2006.
Marital Rape by the Applied Research Forum of the National Network on Violence Against Women (VAWNet). April, 1999.
Faculty Expert Profile
Expertise: Rape, Intervention Services, Violence in Intimate Relationships