Emily Bonistall Postel

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  • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Sociology
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Other Affiliations:
  • Center for Research on Violence Against Women
Research Interests:

Ph.D. University of Delaware


Emily Bonistall Postel is the Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology and the Center for Research on Violence Against Women. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Delaware in 2015 and began working as the Director of the ADVANCE Institute, a $3.3M NSF funded institute focused on increasing diversity in STEM. In that role, she advised top administrators on gender equity issues unique to women faculty and faculty of color.  Prior to her time with ADVANCE, she worked in the University’s Title IX Office where she developed and coordinated programs and trainings for faculty and staff in the areas of affirmative action, campus diversity, LGBT community issues, harassment, discrimination, and sexual assault.  Although she has a deep passion for programmatic and prevention work, her desire to continue researching and teaching led her to UK. 


Dr. Bonistall Postel has always centered her scholarship on violence against women but has found a niche in focusing on two populations that are often overlooked on college campuses: international students and graduate students.  Her research on the vulnerability of international graduate students to sexual violence received a Diversity Research Grant and the department’s outstanding dissertation recognition.  Based on her expertise in this area, she was asked to chair a VAWA Grant Committee on Underrepresented Populations and to develop a prevention program for the Fulbright Scholars Orientation.

Her work was recently published in Trauma, Violence, and Abuse in a paper titled “Violence Against International Students: A Critical Gap in the Literature.”  She’s currently working on manuscripts that address the types and rates of international graduate student victimization, methodological challenges and best practices for studying this population, barriers and needs for help-seeking, and international graduate students’ participation in the hookup culture.


In her time at UK, Dr. EBP has developed and taught a course called Victimology that focuses on the patterns and impact of victimization.  To read about her class, click here.  Emily was honored as an Advocate for Change by the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center for inspiring and empowering her students to make a difference about campus sexual assault.  She was recognized in the Spring of 2017 as a Teacher Who Made A Difference by UK’s College of Education. 

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