Rachel Elizabeth Lovell
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 Title: Assistant Professor
Director, Criminology Research Center
 Dept: Criminology Anthropology & Sociology
 Office: RT 1721
 Phone: 216-687-4500
 Email: r.e.lovell@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1721, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Gender-based violence, violence, victimization, sexual assault, rape, sexual assault kits, rape kits, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, human trafficking, sexual offenders, serial sexual offenders, offending typology, gun violence, evaluation, program evaluation, applied research, quantitative, qualitative, methoology
 
Education:
Ph.D., Sociology, The Ohio State University, 2007
M.A., Sociology, Baylor University, 2001
B.A., Sociology, Baylor University, 2000
 
Brief Bio:
Rachel E. Lovell, PhD, (The Ohio State University, Sociology, 2007) is an Assistant Professor of Criminology in the Department of Criminology and Sociology and Director of the Criminology Research Center at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is an applied criminologist and methodologist whose research focuses on gender-based violence and victimization, particularly sexual assault, human trafficking, and intimate partner violence. Since 2015, Dr. Lovell has been the Principal Investigator on several large action research projects on untested sexual assault kits in collaboration with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office and the Akron Police Department, with funding provided by the Department of Justice's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative. As an extension of the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, she serves as the lead researcher on the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office's Lawfully "Owed" DNA Initiative. Dr. Lovell is also the Principal Investigator on a National Institute of Justice grant to employ machine learning technology to analyze the narratives of thousands of sexual assault police reports for "signaling" language regarding a victim's credibility. She is an established scholar with over $5.5 million in external funding in the last nine years and several dozen peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Her research has been featured in The Atlantic, Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, Pro Publica, and Sports Illustrated.
 
Honors and Awards:
Women of Achievement Award, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, Case Western Reserve University, 2019.

Freedman Fellowship, Co-Fellow (with Misty Luminais). Data in the Service of Community Engagement: Risk Terrain Modeling of Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Geospatial Data. The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship, Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University. (2018-2019). $7,450.

Freedman Fellowship, Fellow (with Misty Luminais). Visualizing the Spatial and Temporal Dimensions of Cuyahoga County's Sexual Assault Kit Backlog. The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship, Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University. (2017-2018). $9,000.
 
Research Interests:
Criminology, Victimology, Evaluation Research, Violence and Victimization, Interpersonal Violence, Women and Criminal Justice, Gender-Based Violence, Social Statistics, Social Research Methods, Gender Studies/Sociology of Women, Social Stratification/Inequality.
 
Teaching Areas:
Criminology, Victimology, Evaluation Research, Violence and Victimization, Interpersonal Violence, Women and Criminal Justice, Gender-Based Violence, Social Statistics, Social Research Methods, Gender Studies/Sociology of Women, Social Stratification/Inequality.
 
Professional Affiliations:
Division of Victimology, American Society of Criminology
Division of Women in Crime, American Society of Criminology
American Society of Criminology
 
Research Grants:
Current awards:

BJA's National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative FY 2021, Purpose Area 1 (with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office), PI, Research Partner (2021-2024). Total Award: $1.5 million, Research Award: $200,000 (15PBJA-21-GG-04308-SAKI)

BJA's National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative FY 2021, Purpose Area 1 (federal flow through with the Cleveland Division of Police), PI, Research Partner (2021-2024). Total Award: $2.5 million, Research Award: $298,643

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Additional Services, FY22 OhioMHAS Covid-19 Block Grant Funding Opportunity for Partnership in Eliminating Youth Human Trafficking (state flow through with the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center), PI, Research Partner (2022-2023). Total Award: $1.3 million, Research Award: $100,000

BJA's Innovative Prosecution Solutions FY 2020 (federal flow through with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office), PI, Research Partner (2020-2022). Total Award: $360,000, Research Award: 100,000 (2020-YX-BX-0008)

OVC FY 2019 Direct Services to Support Victims of Human Trafficking (with Cleveland Rape Crisis Center), PI, Research Partner (2020-2022). Total: $547,235, Research: 68,999 (2019-VT-BX-0077).

BJA's Assistance's Innovative Prosecution Solutions FY 2019 (with Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office), PI, Research Partner (2019-2021). Total: $360,000, Research: $89,589 (2019-YX-BX-0018).

BJA's National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative FY 2019, Purpose Area 1 (with Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office), PI, Research Partner (2019-2022). Total: $2 million, Research: $328,100 (2019-AK-BX-0005).

BJA's National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative FY 2019, Purpose Area 3, Owed DNA (with Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office), PI, Research Partner (2019-2022). Total: $1 million, Research: $200,000 (2019-AK-BX-0029).

BJA's National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative FY 2019, Purpose Area 1 (with City of Akron), PI, Research Partner (2019-2022). Total: $2 million, Research: $425,000 (2018-AK-BX-0004).

NIJ, Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women. Using Sentiment Analysis and Topic Modeling in Assessing the Impact of Police Signaling on Investigative and Prosecutorial Outcomes in Sexual Assault Reports. PI, (2019-2021). $770,151 (2018-VA-CX-0002).

BJA's National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative FY 2018, Purpose Area 1 (with Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office), PI, Research Partner (2018-2021). Total: $2 million, Research: $315,714 (2018-AK-BX-0001).