Claire Willey-Sthapit

Claire Willey-Sthapit
  • Assistant Professor

Contact Info

312 Twente Hall


Claire Willey-Sthapit, (PhD, MSSW), is an Assistant Professor with the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. Building on her family ties and professional experiences in Pokhara, Nepal, Dr. Willey-Sthapit's scholarship centers translations between domestic violence research, policy, and practice, both within the United States and in international development settings. She has also been involved in research examining community strategies to address domestic violence and men's gender equitable attitudes and behaviors. She has collaborated on papers and presentations on critical discourse analysis for social work and transnational social work research. Dr. Willey-Sthapit earned her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Louisville and her PhD from the University of Washington School of Social Work. Her scholarship is also informed by Graduate Certificates in Feminist Studies and South Asia Studies.


M.S. in Social Work, University of Louisville
Ph.D. in Social Work, University of Washington

Selected Publications

Casey, E. A., Willey-Sthapit, C., Hoxmeier, J. C., & Carlson, J. (Accepted). Patterns of gender equitable attitudes and behaviors among men: Relationships with violence perpetration and masculinity ideologies. Violence Against Women.

Casey, E. A., Hoxmeier, J. C., Willey-Sthapit, C., & Carlson, J. (Accepted). Psychosocial Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Role of Men’s Gender-Related Attitudes, Employment and Housework, and Demographic Characteristics. International Journal of Men’s Social and Community Health.

Storer, H., Mitchell, B., & Willey-Sthapit, C. (Accepted). Healthy at home? Constructions of safety in newspapers’ reporting of domestic violence during the corona virus pandemic. Violence Against Women.

Casey, E., Lindhorst, T., Willey-Sthapit, C. & Toews, B. (2022). How research evidence is defined, acquired, and shared across systems that address intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women, 28(5): 1213-1236.

Hoxmeier, J. C., Carlson, J., Casey, E. A., & Willey-Sthapit, C. (2021). Men’s participation in anti-violence activism: Frequency and relationships with demographic characteristics & history of sexual harassment perpetration. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research. DOI 10.1108/JACPR-02-2021-0579

Jen, S., Harrop, E., Galambos, C., Mitchell, B., Willey-Sthapit, C., Barber, C., Storer, H. Kim, J., Gonzalez Benson, O., Zhou, Y. (2021). Discursive constructions during COVID-19: Calling for the critical analysis of discourse in social work in and beyond the pandemic. Journal of the Society for Social Work Research, 12(4), p. 619-629.

Casey, E., Lindhorst, T. & Willey-Sthapit, C. (2021). Assessing the evidence: How the credibility and utility of research is evaluated in systems that address intimate partner violence. Journal of Family Violence, 36: 259-270. DOI:10.1007/s10896-020-00163-3

Willey-Sthapit, C., Storer, H., Jen, S., & Gonzalez Benson, O. (2020). Discursive decisions: Signposts to guide the use of critical discourse analysis in social work. Qualitative Social Work, 21(1), p. 129-146.

Willey-Sthapit, C., Valdovinos, M. G., Teyra, C., & Borja, S. (2018). Addressing global social relationships in transnational social work research processes and institutions. European Journal of Social Work, 22(5), p. 819-830.

Awards & Honors

Outstanding Teaching Evaluations, Fall 2020

Memorandum recognizing instructors with highest student evaluations


Boeing International Fellowship, University of Washington Graduate School

05/2018 – 08/2018

TL1 Multidisciplinary Predoctoral Clinical Research Traineeship,

National Institute of Health/Institute for Translational Health Science Clinical Translational Science Award

09/2015 – 06/2017

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowship,

U.S. Department of Education

06/2015 – 09/2015

GO Health Fellowship, Department of Global Health, University of


06/2015 – 09/2015