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Rebecca Jordan-Young

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Title Assistant Professor
Department Women's Studies, Barnard College
Email ryoung@barnard.edu
Phone 212-854-9088
Address BARNARD 314
New York NY 10027

Professor Jordan-Young is a sociomedical scientist whose research includes social epidemiology studies of HIV/AIDS, and evaluation of biological work on sex, gender and sexuality. Prior to joining the faculty at Barnard College, she was a Principal Investigator and Deputy Director of the Social Theory Core at the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research of the National Development and Research Institutes, Inc., and has been a Health Disparities Scholar sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. She teaches courses in science and technology studies, sexuality, gender theory, and HIV/AIDS. In the spring of 2008, Professor Young was a Visiting Scholar at the Cognitive Neuroscience Sector, International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste, Italy, and a featured speaker in the FEST Trieste International Science Media Fair.

Academic Focus: Gender and sexuality in science; feminist theory; women's health

Selected Publications:

Her recently launched book, Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences (Harvard University Press, 2010), is a comprehensive critical analysis of research purporting to demonstrate that hormone exposures in utero "hardwire" the brain to be either masculine or feminine in sexuality, skills, and interests.

Young, R. and Balaban, E. Psychoneuroindoctrinology. Review of The Female Brain, by Louanne Brizendine. Nature. 443(12): 634, 2006.

Young, R. and Meyer, I. The Trouble with "WSW" and "MSM”: Erasure of the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Person in Public Health Discourse. American Journal of Public Health. 95:1144-1149, 2005.

Young, R., Friedman, S. and Case, P. Exploring an HIV Paradox: An Ethnography of Sexual Minority Women Injectors. Journal of Lesbian Studies. 9(3): 103-133, 2005.

Young, R. and Balaban, E. Aggression, Biology and Context: Dejá-vù All Over Again? In: Neurobiology of Aggression (Mark P. Mattson, Editor). Totowa, NJ: Humana Press, Inc., 2003.

Young, R.M., Friedman, S.R., Case, P.L., Asencio, M.W., and Clatts, M.C. Women Injection Drug Users Who Have Sex with Women Exhibit Increased HIV Infection and Risk Behaviors. Journal of Drug Issues, 30(3):499-524, 2000.

Young, R. The Scarcity of Data on Cunnilingus. The AIDS Reader, 4(4):132-133, July/August 1994.

Young, R., Weissman, G., and Cohen, J. Assessing Risk in the Absence of Information: HIV Risk Among Women Injection Drug Users Who Have Sex with Women. AIDS and Public Policy Journal, 7(3):175 183, Fall 1992.

Selected Honors:

2003-04: Health Disparities Scholar, National Center on Minority Health & Health Disparities (NCMHD)

2003: Disability Access Recognition Award, Barnard College

2002: Trinity Scholar, Trinity College, Hartford, CT

2000: Marisa de Castro Benton Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in the Sociomedical Sciences; Ph.D. dissertation with Distinction

1993: John and Kathleen Gorman Public Health Humanitarian Award, Columbia University School of Public Health

Activist Interests: Peace, social justice, health disparities, sexual & economic rights