Rebecca Jordan-Young Tow Associate Professor for Distinguished Scholars and Chair of the Deparment of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College

Talk Title: "Thinking Bioculturally About Identity and Ethics"
Thursday, November 29, 5:00 p.m.
Hillel Multipurpose Room

Rebecca M. Jordan-Young is a sociomedical scientist whose research focuses on sex, gender and sexuality, as well as the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS. She is the Tow Associate Professor for Distinguished Scholars and the Chair of the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College.

Prof. Jordan-Young completed her undergraduate work at Bryn Mawr College. She earned her master's degree and Ph.D. from Columbia University. 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. She has served as a health disparities scholar sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. In 2008, she was a visiting scholar in cognitive neuroscience at the International School for Advanced Studies.

She is the author of Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences, a critical analysis of scientific research supporting the theory that psychological sex differences in humans are "hard-wired" into the brain. Jordan-Young argues that studies of "human brain organization theory," fail to meet scientific standards.

In Out of Bounds? A Critique of the New Policies on Hyperandrogenism in Elite Female Athletes, a collaborative article with Katrina Karkazis, Georgiann Davis, and Silvia Camporesi, published in 2012 in the American Journal of Bioethics, the authors argue that a new sex testing policy by the International Association of Athletics Federations aimed at intersex women athletes will not protect against breaches of privacy, will require athletes to undergo unnecessary treatment in order to compete, and will intensify "gender policing". They recommend that athletes be able to compete in accordance with their legal gender.

In 2016, Jordan-Young was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on a book on testosterone, "T: The Unauthorized Biography", with co-author Katrina Karkazis.

For more information, please see Prof. Jordan-Young's webpage at Barnard College.