Wade

Lisa Wade

Associate Professor of Sociology, Occidental College
Areas of Expertise:
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Gender & Sexuality

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About Lisa

Wade's areas of expertise are gender, sexuality, and culture, with specific expertise in collegiate hookup culture, the relationship between bodies and society, and the politics of female genital cutting. She is also a practiced public sociologist who has won seven awards for the website she co-founded in 2007, Sociological Images, including the 2015 American Sociological Association's Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award. She now writes for mainstream outlets, routinely informs journalists and reporters, and makes television and radio appearances. Her newest book, American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus, was written for a general audience.

Contributions

In the News

Lisa Wade's research on hookup culture discussed in Julia Naftulin, "Young Adults are Having Less Sex than Previous Generations, and People are Blaming Everything from Bad Sex to Straight People," Business Insider, November 21, 2018.
Lisa Wade's research on female sexuality discussed in Suzannah Weiss, "Don't Touch Me Just because I'm Topless," Harper's Bazaar, October 16, 2018.
Lisa Wade's research on gender roles discussed in Jed Gottlieb, "When Women Booted Men From the Cheerleading Squad," OZY, August 15, 2018.
Lisa Wade quoted in Anna Almendrala, "Crisis Pregnancy Centers Have Another Mission: Public School Sex Ed" Huffington Post, June 9, 2018.
Lisa Wade quoted in Katja Vujie, "In College Relationships, 'Caring isn't Just Absent, it's off-Script'" Boston Globe, March 21, 2018.
"Pro-Con: Does Harvard’s Ban on Fraternities and Sororities Violate Students’ Rights?," Lisa Wade (with Jenna A. Robinson ), Tri-City Herald, February 15, 2018.
Lisa Wade quoted on calling an end to fraternities in Frank Bruni, "Their Pledges Die. So Should Fraternities." New York Times, November 17, 2017.
"Why Colleges Should Get Rid of Fraternities for Good," Lisa Wade, Time , May 19, 2017.
"Rape on Campus: Athletes, Status, and the Sexual Assault Crisis," Lisa Wade, The Conversation, March 6, 2017.
"Is Mass Murder Becoming a Form of Protest?," Lisa Wade, The Conversation, January 16, 2017.
"The Modern Marriage Trap - and What to Do about It," Lisa Wade, Time, January 11, 2017.
"The Invisible Workload That Drags Women Down ," Lisa Wade, Money , December 29, 2016.

Publications

American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus (W.W. Norton & Co., 2017).

Situates hookup culture within the history of sexuality, the evolution of higher education, and the unfinished feminist revolution. Maps out a punishing emotional landscape marked by unequal pleasures, competitions for status, and sexual violence, and discovers that the most privileged students tend to like hookup culture the most. Considers the effects of hookup culture on racial and sexual minorities, students who "opt out", and those who participate ambivalently.

"Are Women Bad at Orgasms? Understanding the Gender Gap " in Gender, Sex, and Politics: In the Streets and Betweeen the Sheets in the 21st Century, edited by Shira Tarrant (Routledge Press, 2015), 227-237.

Discredits the common explanations for the difference in frequency of orgasm for men and women who have heterosexual sex that women are somehow bad at orgasms. Offers alternative explanations for the gendered asymmetry in this one type of sexual pleasure.

Assigned: Life with Gender (with Christopher Uggen and Doug Hartmann) (W.W. Norton & Co., 2017).

Introduces students to the social science of gender through highlighting new and emerging work. Concludes with a discussion guide and group activities section that challenges readers to draw connections between the chapters, think more deeply and critically about culture and social life, and link to ongoing conversations and interactive posts online.

"The New Science of Sex Difference " Sociology Compass 7, no. 4 (2013): 278-293.

Reviews new developments in the biological sciences, in the sub-fields of genetics, hormones, and neuroscience, with special attention to the implications for sociologists interested in gender.

Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions (with Myra Marx Ferree) (W.W. Norton & Co., 2014).

Provides an introduction to the sociology of gender. Answers questions students usually bring  to the course in readable chapters that are packed with the most up-to-date scholarship available. Uses memorable examples mined from pop culture, history, psychology, biology, and everyday life to truly engage students in the study of gender and spark interest in sociological perspectives.

"The Politics of Acculturation: Female Genital Cutting and the Challenge of Building Multicultural Democracies " Social Problems 58, no. 4 (2011): 518-537.

Explores how the idea of culture is mobilized in discursive contexts. Argues that this is crucial for both theorizing and building multicultural democracies.