Nicole Baran is a Lecturer in the Program in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She has been teaching in the Feminist Studies Program at Stanford University since 2006/07 after developing a course (FEMST138/238), originally called Violence Against Women: Theories, Issues and Prevention, and now called Men’s Violence Against Women: A Social and Critical Analysis. One of her specific research areas is analyzing the impact of the anti-feminist backlash on research and practices in the movement to end gender-based violence.
Nicole is the Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness, a nonprofit that educates communities, institutions and young leaders to take action to end violence against women and gender-based violence. Their website, www.stoprelationshipabuse.org, provides resources to over 25,000 visitors a month from 196 countries. In 2006, she successfully partnered with Stanford University to institutionalize a comprehensive response to gender-based violence on campus. She managed a five-year grant from the USDOJ Office on Violence Against Women and was instrumental in implementing Stanford’s first Office on Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse in 2010. Since 2001, Nicole has delivered over 350 customized workshops, locally and nationwide, to organizations such as Kaiser Permanente, the San Francisco Bar Association, and California’s State Domestic Violence Coalition.
Nicole is also the Executive Director of the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation, which funds and creates innovative strategies for eliminating obstacles facing marginalized populations, with an emphasis on improving the lives of girls and women and promoting educational equality. She received her BA and MA in English from Stanford University and a Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, with a specialization in management and a focus on gender based violence research.