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Lisa Wade

Associate Professor of Sociology, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Newcomb Institute Affiliate, Tulane University
Chapter Member: New Orleans SSN

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About Lisa

Wade is the author of American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus; an introduction to sociology titled Terrible Magnificent Sociology; a sociology of gender textbook, Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, with Myra Marx Ferree; and numerous other research publications. Her newest project documents undergraduate social life during the pre-vaccine pandemic. As a public-facing scholar, Lisa works to make her and others’ scholarship engaging to a public audience.


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In the News

Lisa Wade's research on hookup culture discussed by 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 by 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 by Jed Gottlieb, "When Women Booted Men From the Cheerleading Squad," OZY, August 15, 2018.
Lisa Wade quoted by Anna Almendrala, "Crisis Pregnancy Centers Have Another Mission: Public School Sex Ed" Huffington Post, June 9, 2018.
Lisa Wade quoted by 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 by 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.


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.

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 Lisa Wade 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.