Dr Maddy Coy coy

Maddy is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Gender, Sexualities and Women’s Studies Research, specialising in research and teaching on violence against women.

Before moving to the U.S., she was a Reader (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 co-ordinated an M.A. program and taught on courses about violence against women, sexual violence, sexual exploitation and participatory research methods. 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 child care, in women’s shelters, and as an outreach worker with women in the sex industry

Maddy is passionate about connecting feminist research and praxis. 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.


  • Feminist Methods (Fall 2020)
  • Violence Against Women (Spring 2021)
  • Sexual Ethics (Spring 2021)

Current projects

Maddy is part of an international team who convened a conference on faculty sexual misconduct in July 2019, funded by the National Science Foundation and led by Dr. Julie Libarkin (Michigan State University) in partnership with the UK based The 1752 Group. The team are now working on outputs from the conference. Maddy is also working with Dr Zucker and the local rape crisis center on a project to analyze rape attrition rates in Alachua County. 


  • 2018 Anderson Scholar Faculty Honoree, University of Florida


B.A.(Hons) Women’s Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, UK, 1998
M.A. Research and Social Policy, University of Birmingham, 2001
Ph.D. Loughborough University, UK, 2008
Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, London Metropolitan University, UK, 2016

Selected recent publications

Tyler, M. & Coy, M. (2020) Pornographification and heterosexualisation in public space. In Kalms, N., Berry, J., Bawden, G. & Moore, T. (Eds.) Contentious Cities Design and the Gendered Production of Space. London: Taylor & Francis.

Coy, M. and Kelly, L. (2019) The responsibilisation of women who experience domestic violence. In Hagemann-White, C. Kelly, L. & Meysen, T. (eds) Interventions against child abuse and violence against women: Ethics and culture in practice and policy Cultural Encounters in Intervention Against Violence Opladen & Birmingham: Barbara Budrich Publisher.

Coy, M., Smiley, C., & Tyler, M. (2019) Challenging The ‘Prostitution Problem’: Dissenting Voices, Sex Buyers and the Myth of Neutrality in Prostitution Research Archives of Sexual Behavior. Published online March 26th 2019

Coy, M. and M.A.H. Horvath (2018) Young People, Pornography and Gendered Sexual Practices in Lamb, S. & Gilbert, J. (eds.) The Cambridge Handbook of Sexual Development: Childhood and Adolescence Cambridge: University Press

Lovett, J., Coy, M. & Kelly, L. (2018) Deflection, Denial and Disbelief: Social and Political Discourses about Child Sexual Abuse and Their Impact on Institutional Responses: A Rapid Evidence Assessment London: Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (peer-reviewed research report)

Coy, M. (2017) Prostitution in (and out of) Policy on Violence Against Women and Girls in the UK Journal of Gender-Based Violence 1(1) 117-126

Coy, M. (2016) Joining the Dots on Sexual Exploitation of Children and Women: Gaps in UK Policy Approaches Critical Social Policy 36(4) 572–59

Coy, M., Kelly, L., Garner, M., Kanyeredzi, A., & Vera-Gray, F. (2016) From ‘no means no’ to ‘an enthusiastic yes’: changing the discourse on sexual consent through Sex and Relationships Education in Sundaram, V. & Saunders, H. (eds) Global Perspectives and Debates on Sex and Relationships Education: Addressing Issues of Gender, Sexuality, Plurality and Power London: Palgrave Macmillan pp.84-99

Coy, M., Scott, E., Tweedale, R., & Perks, K. (2015) ‘It’s like going through the abuse again’: Domestic Violence and Women and Children’s (un)safety in Private Law Contact Proceedings Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 37(1) 53-69

Contact Information

Email: m.coy@ufl.edu
Phone: (352) 273-0391
Office: 303 Ustler Hall

Virtual Office Hours Fall 2020: Monday 2-3pm and Thursday 2.30-4.30

Mailing address: PO Box 117352, Gainesville FL 32611