Professor Debra H. Rodman, Ph.D.
R-MC Professor Debra H. Rodman (anthropology and
women's studies) was invited to the White House on Friday, November 6, to
brief Lynn Rosenthal, Barack Obama's advisor on domestic violence and violence against
women, on the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA), which will come
before the United States Congress this year. Rodman was joined by delegates of the
Guatemala Human Rights Commission and several professors from Virginia Commonwealth
The briefing covered details on feminicide and violence against women in Guatemala,
an area of Rodman's scholarly expertise. “The briefing highlighted the need for
inclusion of Guatemala as one of the selected countries for implementing IVAWA,
due to increasing rates of feminicide and violence against women, impunity and gender
inequality,” said Rodman.
Rodman's work is in conjunction with that of other scholars who seek to educate
the community about violence against women. Rodman was joined in D.C. by Karen Smith
Rotabi, an assistant professor of social work at VCU who specializes in global social
work, and Janett Forte, assistant professor of psychiatry at VCU and program director
for the VCU Institute for Women’s Health.
Rodman, along with R-MC Professor Brian Turner, Ph.D. (political
science) recently hosted a lecture on campus by Guatemalan torture survivor
Gladys Monterroso, who spoke on violence, impunity and immigration reform.
Rodman joined the faculty at Randolph-Macon College in 2004. She earned her bachelor’s
and master’s degrees at the University of Miami and her Ph.D. from the University
For more information, on the Guatemala Human Rights Commission’s Women's Right to
Live campaign, visit
For information on the International Violence Against Women Act, visit
For more information on R-MC’s sociology and anthropology program, visit
For more information on R-MC’s women’s studies program, visit