Professor, Social Policy and Practice
Director, Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center
The epidemiology and prevention of violence, including the areas of homicide, suicide, sexual assault, child abuse, battering, and firearms; how gender, ethnicity, and nativity are related to risk of violence; global perspectives on gender, work and violence.
With nearly 150 publications to her credit, Professor Sorenson’s contributions to science include framing violence against women as a public health issue, studying firearms as a consumer product, and applying multiple and emerging research methods to the study of the epidemiology and prevention of violence. Policy implications are a core aspect of her research. See her c.v. for a complete list of publications.
Since 1986, Professor Sorenson has taught a graduate course in family and sexual violence – the first violence prevention course in a school of public health in the nation. Currently, she teaches two courses for the department: HSOC251, Foundations of Public Health, and HSC382, Guns & Love Gone Bad, which addresses guns & health and violence in relationships.