This Talk Will Boost Your Testosterone! Examining Claims Around Sex Hormones
The 2020 Minx Auerbach Lecture in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies will be presented by Dr. Rebecca Jordan-Young.
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium
Book signing and reception to follow
Free and open to the public
Dr. Rebecca Jordan-Young is an interdisciplinary feminist scientist and science studies scholar whose work explores the reciprocal relations between science and the social hierarchies of gender, sexuality, class, and race.
Her book Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences, the first systematic analysis of human studies exploring the idea that early hormone exposures “hardwire” sex differences into the human brain, won a Distinguished Book Award from the Association for Women in Psychology. Her new book, Testosterone: An Unauthorized Biography, coauthored with Katrina Karkazis, takes aim at popular understandings about testosterone in areas such as reproduction, aggression, parenting and sports and shows how stories about testosterone work to natural class and racial distinctions as well as gender differences.
Dr. Jordan-Young is a core member of the international Neurogenderings Network and collaborates with colleagues in cognitive and developmental neuroscience, developmental biology, physical chemistry as well as cultural anthropology, political science, history, and sociology. Her publications appear in neuroscience, public health, medical, social science, and feminist journals, as well as in popular outlets like the New York Times, The Guardian, and Discover Magazine.