Rebecca Jordan-Young, Prof. Dr.

Rebecca Jordan-Young is Tow Associate Professor for Distinguished Scholars at Barnard College and Chair of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS). Jordan-Young is the author of Brain Storm: The flaws in the science of sex differences (Harvard, 2010), and more than three dozen articles and book chapters at the intersection of science and social differences, especially gender, sexuality, and race. A Sociomedical Scientist by training, Jordan-Young is the Director of the Science and Social Difference Working Group in the Center for Study of Social Differences at Columbia University, and has held visiting appointments at Radboud University, The Netherlands (2013-14) and the Cognitive Neurosciences Division of the School for International Advanced Studies (SISSA), in Trieste, Italy (2008).



Professional Experience in Higher Education

July 2012-2014
Associate Professor and Chair (2014-), Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS), Barnard College, Columbia University
Visiting Professor, Institute for Gender Studies, Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands; on sabbatical from Barnard College)
Fall 2004 – June 2012
Assistant Professor, Department of WGS, Barnard College
2002 – 2004
Term Assistant Professor, Department of WGS, Barnard College
2004, 2011
Visiting Professor, Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture & Society, International School for Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam
Spring – Fall 2001
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Women’s Studies, Barnard College
Fall 2001
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality/Department of Women’s Studies, New York University


Professional Experience Outside Higher Education

2001 – 2004
Deputy Director of Social Theory Core, Center for Drug Use and HIV Research, National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. (NDRI), New York, NY (20% of full-time effort)
2000 – 2004
Principal Investigator (multiple NIDA-funded studies), Center for Drug Use and HIV Research, NDRI, New York, NY (60% f.t.e.)
1997 – 2000
Co-Investigator and Project Director, Institute for AIDS Research, National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. (NDRI), New York, NY (60% f.t.e.)


Academic and Professional Honors

Tow Professorship for Distinguished Scholars and Practitioners, Barnard College, Columbia University
Visiting Professor Award, Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Nancy Schaenen Visiting Scholar at the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics, DePauw University
Diane Weiss Memorial Lectureship, Wesleyan University
Distinguished Publication Award (for Brain Storm: the Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences), Association for Women in Psychology
Roslyn S. Silver ’27 Science Lectureship, Barnard College
Spring 2008
Visiting Scholar, International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), Cognitive Neuroscience Sector (Trieste, Italy)
Health Disparities Scholar, National Center on Minority Health & Health Disparities (NCMHD)
Disability Access Recognition Award, Barnard College
Trinity Scholar, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
Marisa de Castro Benton Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in the Sociomedical Sciences; Ph.D. dissertation with Distinction
The Eugene Litwak Prize (for the doctoral dissertation research proposal) Columbia University, Department of Sociomedical Sciences (SMS)
1997 – 1998
Dissertation Fellowship, Sexuality Research Fellowship Program, Social Science Research Council
The Jack Elinson Award for Outstanding Publication in the Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University
1996 – 1998
Doctoral Fellowships, Columbia University, SMS
Alumni Scholarship, Columbia University Alumni Association
John and Kathleen Gorman Public Health Humanitarian Award, Columbia University School of Public Health
Seven Sisters’ Colleges Delegate, United Nations’ End of the Decade Conference on Women, NGO Forum, Nairobi, Kenya



National Science Foundation, Science, Technology, and Society Division, “Collaborative Research – Discordant Models of Testosterone Function” (R. Jordan-Young, PI); collaboration with Helen Longino (Co-PI) and Katrina Karkazis, Stanford University; NSF Award # SES-1331123
Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Differences, for Working group on Science and Social Difference
Brocher Foundation, Geneva Switzerland, Residential Writing Fellowship (September/October 2013)
Presidential Research Award, Barnard College, “Out of Bounds? Ethical and Scientific Issues in “Gender Verification” of Elite Female Athletes”
Foundation for Veteran, Worker, and Environmental Health, “Transdisciplinary Application of Gender Theories to Health”
Barnard College Mellon Environmental Science Mini-Grant, “Impact of the ‘Sex Hormone’ Concept on Environmental Research”
Barnard College Faculty Mini-Grant, “Clinical Applications of Brain Organization Theory: Pilot Study of GIDC”
2001 – 2004
Principal Investigator, “Measuring Sexual Minority Status Among Women Drug Users,” NDRI, Inc. National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health (NIDA) grant # R03 DA14399-01
2001 – 2002
Principal Investigator, “Pilot Studies of Analytic Dialogues with Women Drug Users,” Center for Drug Use and HIV Research, NDRI, Inc. NIDA grant #P30 DA11041
Co‑Investigator, “HIV Risk Among Women Injectors Who Have Sex with Women,” NDRI, Inc. NIDA grant #1 R01 DA10870‑01



1995 ‑ 2000
Ph.D. in Sociomedical Sciences, with Distinction,
May 2000
Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation – Sexing the Brain: Measurement and Meaning in Biological Research on Human Sexuality
1992 ‑ 1995
M.A. in Sociomedical Sciences, February
Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Master’s essay: Process Evaluation of the Médecins du Monde Needle Exchange Program, Paris, France
1982 ‑ 1986
B.A. cum laude, Political Science and Women’s Studies,
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA