Maddy Coy

Assistant Professor, Center for Gender, Sexualities & Women’s Studies Research – University of Florida
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Maddy Coy, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Gender, Sexualities and Women’s Studies Research at the University of Florida, specializing in research and teaching on violence against women.

Maddy is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK, and a Faculty Fellow at Prevention Innovations Research Center, University of New Hampshire. Before entering academia, Maddy worked in a range of specialist services for women and girls including residential childcare, women’s shelters, and as an outreach worker for women in the sex industry.

Maddy is passionate about connecting feminist research and practice. Throughout her work she has applied the concept of ‘practice-based evidence’ to capture the expertise of specialist practitioners that support survivors of violence. Maddy is an Associate Editor for Women’s Studies International Forum and is on the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Gender-Based Violence. She also serves on the advisory council for the Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center.

Before moving to the U.S., she was an Associate Professor at London Metropolitan University, U.K., and Deputy Director of the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, where from 2006-2017 she worked on research projects covering a wide range of forms of violence against women, including experiences of survivors, evaluations of intervention projects, mapping of specialist support services and discourses about child sexual abuse. She coordinated an M.A. program and taught courses about violence against women, sexual violence, sexual exploitation, and participatory research methods. 

Maddy holds a PhD from Loughborough University, UK, an MA in Research and Social Policy from the University of Birmingham, UK, and a BA in Women’s Studies from Liverpool John Moores University UK.