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LISA WADE, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair

Occidental College
Department of Sociology
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041
E-mail: lwade@oxy.edu

EDUCATION

University of Wisconsin at Madison. Ph.D. 2006 in Sociology

  • Research Interests: The relationship between social inequality and the body, especially as sexuality becomes a marker of difference and an arena of social control.
  • Dissertation: “Female Genital Mutilation” in the American Imagination
  • Comprehensive Exams: Sociology of Gender, Political Sociology
  • Minor: History of Science

New York University. M.A. 1997 in Human Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Life Education

University of Amsterdam.Participant 1997 in The Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society

University of California at Santa Barbara.B.A. 1996 in Philosophy with High Honors

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Associate Professor and Chair, Occidental College

  • Chair: 2012/2013 and 2014/2015
  • Courses taught:  Introduction to Sociology, Research Methods, Gender and Society, Race and Ethnicity in American Society, Debating Controversial Issues in Sexuality, and Power and Sexuality

Assistant Professor, Occidental College (fall 2006 to spring 2012)

Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2003 to 2005)

  • Courses taught:  Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and Sociology of Gender

Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2000 to 2006)

  • Courses taught: Human Sexuality, Sociology of Gender, and Marriage and Family

Adjunct Instructor, City College of San Francisco, Chabot College, Diablo Valley College, Las Positas College, and San Jose City College (1998 to 1999)

  • Courses taught: Human Sexuality and Health Education

GRANTS AND AWARDS

  • Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources (awarded 2014)
  • Occidental College Linda and Tod White Teaching Prize (awarded 2013)
  • Occidental College Faculty Enrichment Grant (awarded 2013)
  • American Sociological Association Communication and Information Technologies Public Sociology Award (awarded 2012)
  • University of Minnesota Department of Sociology Public Sociology Award (awarded 2012)
  • Occidental College Linda and Tod White Teaching Prize (finalist 2012)
  • Mellon Digital Scholarship (awarded  2011)
  • The Pacific Sociological Association Early Career Teaching Award (awarded 2009)
  • Occidental College Faculty Enrichment Grant (awarded 2009)
  • SUNY Press Dissertation/First Book Prize in Women’s and Gender Studies (finalist 2008)
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison Award for Excellent Teaching by a Lecturer (awarded 2005/2006)
  • Robert Wood Johnson Grant for Interdisciplinary Studies on Health and Society (awarded 2005)
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison Women’s Studies Research Center Hyde Dissertation Award (awarded 2005)
  • Woodrow Wilson Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (finalist 2005)
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison Vilas Travel Grant (awarded 2004)
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison Small Grant (awarded 2004)
  • Teaching Fellow, University of Wisconsin, Madison (awarded 2002/2003)


PUBLICATIONS

Books:

  • Wade, Lisa and Myra Marx Ferree.  2014.  Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions.  New York: W.W. Norton & Co.

Academic Referreed:

  • Wade, Lisa. 2013.  The New Science of Sex Difference. Sociology Compass 7, 4: 278-293. (link)
  • Wade, Lisa & Gwen Sharp. 2013. Sociological Images: Blogging as Public Sociology. Social Science Computer Review 31, 2: 221-228. (link)
  • Wade, Lisa. 2012. Learning from “Female Genital Mutilation”: Lessons from 30 Years of Academic Discourse.  Ethnicities 12, 1: 26-49. (link)
  • Wade, Lisa. 2012. The Function of Balance in U.S. News Coverage of Uncontested Issues: The Case of Female Genital CuttingJournalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism 13, 7: 867-883. (link)
  • Wade, Lisa & Caroline Heldman. 2012. Hooking Up and Opting Out: What Students Learn about Sex in their First Year of College.  In Sex for Life: From Virginity to Viagra, How Sexuality Changes Throughout our Lives, edited by John D. DeLamater and Laura Carpenter.  New York: New York University Press. (chapterbook)
  • Wade, Lisa. 2011. The Politics of Acculturation: Female Genital Cutting and the Challenge of Building Multicultural Democracies. Social Problems 58, 4: 518-537. (link)
  • Wade, Lisa. 2011. Journalism, Advocacy, and the Social Construction of Consensus. Media, Culture & Society 33, 8: 1166–1184. (link)
  • Wade, Lisa. 2011. The Emancipatory Promise of the Habitus: Lindy Hop, the Body, and Social Change. Ethnography 12, 2: 224-246. (link)
  • Heldman, Caroline & Lisa Wade. 2011. Sexualizing Sarah Palin: The Social and Political Context of the Sexual Objectification of Female Candidates. Sex Roles 65, 3-4: 156-164. (link)
  • Heldman, Caroline & Lisa Wade. 2010. Hook-Up Culture: Setting a New Research Agenda.  Sexuality Research and Social Policy 7, 4: 323. (link)
  • Wade, Lisa2009. Defining Gendered Oppression in U.S. Newspapers: The Strategic Value of “Female Genital Mutilation.” Gender and Society 23, 3: 293-314.  (link)
  • Wade, Lisa, Emily Kremer, & Jessica Brown. 2005. The Incidental Orgasm: The Presence of Clitoral Knowledge and the Absence of Orgasm for Women. Women & Health 42, 1: 117-138. (link)
  • Freese, Jeremy, Allen Li, & Lisa Wade. 2003. The Potential Relevances of Biology to Social Inquiry. Annual Review of Sociology, 29: 233-256. (link)
  • Wade, Lisa & John D. DeLamater. 2002. Relationship Dissolution as a Life Stage Transition: Effects on Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors. Journal of Marriage and Family, 64, 4: 898-915. (link)

Other Academic Publications, Non-Referreed:

  • Wade, Lisa. 2015. Are Women Bad at Orgasms? Understanding the Gender Gap. In Gender, Sex, and Politics: In the Streets and Between the Sheets in the 21st Century, edited by Shira Tarrant. New York: Routledge.
  • Wade, Lisa. 2014. Understanding and Ending the Campus Sexual Assault Epidemic. Contexts 13, 2: 18-19.
  • Sharp, Gwen and Lisa Wade. 2011. Land Management and the American Mustang. Contexts 10, 4: 76-77. (link)
  • Wade, Lisa. 2011. Banal Nationalism. Contexts 10, 3: 80-81. (link)
  • Wade, Lisa & Gwen Sharp.  2011. Selling Sex. In Images that Injure: Pictorial Stereotypes in the Media, edited by Lester Paul and Susan Ross. Westport, CT: Praeger. (link)
  • Sharp, Gwen & Lisa Wade. 2011. Secrets of a Feminist Icon. Contexts 10, 2: 82-83. (link)
  • Wade, Lisa. 2011. The Social Control of Mothers. Contexts 10, 1: 76-77. (link)
  • Sharp, Gwen & Lisa Wade. 2011. Illustrating the Social Construction of Race and Racial Stereotypes with Images. Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. (link)
  • Wade, Lisa & Gwen Sharp.  2010. Skull Face and the Self-Fulfilling Stereotype. Contexts 9, 4: 80-81. (link)
  • Sharp, Gwen & Lisa Wade. 2010. What is Indian Art? Contexts 9, 3: 76-77. (link)
  • Wade, Lisa & Gwen Sharp. 2010. Flesh-Toned. Contexts 9, 2: 84-85. (link)
  • Wade, Lisa & Gwen Sharp. 2010. Consuming Oppression. Contexts 9, 1: 46-49. (link)

Interviews:

  • Talley, Heather. Forthcoming. Feminist Images of Public Intellectualism: An Interview with Lisa Wade. Feminist Teacher 23, 2/3.

Contributions to Teaching Materials:

  • Wade, Lisa. Forthcoming. The (Terrifying) Transformative Potential of Technology. In Thinking Critically (11th ed.), edited by John Chaffee.  Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
  • Wade, Lisa. 2015.  Class and Race Demographics of LGBT Families. In Families as They Really Are (2nd ed.), edited by Barbara Risman and Virginia Rutter. New York: W. W. Norton and Co.
  • Wade, Lisa. 2015.  More Similarities than Differences in Study of Race and Fatherhood. In Families as They Really Are (2nd ed.), edited by Barbara Risman and Virginia Rutter. New York: W. W. Norton and Co.
  • Wade, Lisa & Gwen Sharp.  2011. Skull Face and the Self-Fulfilling Stereotype.  In A Contemporary Introduction to Sociology  (2nd ed.), edited by Jeffrey C. Alexander, Kenneth Thompson, and Laura Edles.  Paradigm Publishers: Boulder, CO. (link)
  • Wade, Lisa. 2008. Instructor’s Manual to Accompany Understanding Human Sexuality.  New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Wade, Lisa. 2007. Comparing Apples and Oranges.  In The Sociology of Gender: Syllabi and Other Instructional Materials, 6th edition, edited by Betsy Lucal and Amy Blackstone. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.
  • Wade, Lisa. 2007. Deodorant and Other Gendered Products.  In The Sociology of Gender: Syllabi and Other Instructional Materials, 6th edition, edited by Betsy Lucal and Amy Blackstone. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.
  • Wade, Lisa. 2002. Instructor’s Manual to Accompany Understanding Human Sexuality.  New York: McGraw-Hill.

Book Reviews, Encyclopedia Entries, and Other Service Publications:

  • Wade, Lisa. Forthcoming.  Clitoridectomy, Female Genital Cutting Practices and Law.  In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, edited by Nancy Naples, Angela Wong, Maithree Wickramasinghe, and Renee C. Hoogland  Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Wade, Lisa. 2009. The Evolution of Feminist Thought about Female Genital Cutting. Network News: The Newsletter of Sociologists for Women in Society 26, 326-331.
  • Wade, Lisa. 2008.  Book Review of On The Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters by Matthew Desmond.  Teaching Sociology 36, 3: 298-300. (link)
  • Wade, Lisa. 2008. Book Review of The Caveman Mystique: Pop-Darwinism and the Debates over Sex, Violence, and Science by Martha McCaughey. Gender & Society 22, 2: 263-264. (link)
  • Wade, Lisa. 2004. Sex Education and Teenage Sexuality.  Network News: The Newsletter of Sociologists for Women in Society XXI, 1: 9-12. (link)
  • Wade, Lisa. 2002. Book Review of Marriage in a Culture of Divorce by Karla Hackstaff.  Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy 28, 5: 469-471.
  • Wade, Lisa. 2002. Book Review of Male Bodies: Health, Culture, and Identity by Jonathan Watson.  Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy 28, 4: 368-370.

INVITED LECTURES AND ADDRESSES

University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignArtist in Residence

  • TBA

Citrus College — Sex 101 Week

  • “Exploring the Rainbow: Genders and Sexualities across Cultures” (Apr. 3, 2014)

Westminster College — Bastian Diversity Lecture Series

  • “‘The Night Overall Wasn’t Bad’: What College Students Really Think About Hooking Up” (Mar. 11, 2014)

United States Bartending Guild, Los Angeles Chapter

  • “Bartending with the Body: Gender, Body Language, and the Workplace” (Oct. 15, 2013)

Macalester College

  • “What College Students Really Think About Hooking Up” (Oct. 1-2, 2013)

Carleton College

  • “‘The Night Overall Wasn’t Bad’: What College Students Really Think About Hooking Up” (Sept. 30, 2013)

Citrus College

  • A Defense of Friendship (Sept. 10, 2013)

University of Akron — Distinguished Speaker for the AKD Spring Awards Banquet

  • “Anatomy of an Outrage: Female Genital Cutting and the Politics of Acculturation” (Apr. 19, 2013)
  • AKD Induction Ceremony Speech (Apr. 19, 2013, video)

Citrus College

  • “The Promise and Peril of Hook Up Culture” (Apr. 2, 2013)

Pomona College

  • “‘The Night Overall Wasn’t Bad': What College Students Really Think About Hooking Up” (Mar. 27, 2013)

Harvard University — Women’s Week

  • “A Feminist Defense of Friendship” (Mar. 11, 2013)

Queen’s University of Kingston 

  • ” ‘The Night Overall Wasn’t Bad': What College Students Really Think About Hook Up Culture” (Feb. 26, 2013, video)
  • “Hook Up Culture… to the Best of Our Knowledge,” a workshop with the health and counseling staff (Feb. 26, 2013)

Occidental College

  • “‘The Night Overall Wasn’t Bad': Occidental Students on Hooking Up” (Jan. 31, 2013, video)

California State University, Northridge — Annual Speaker for the AKD Sociology Honor Society

  •  ”Female Genital ‘Mutilation’ in the American Imagination” (Oct. 8, 2012)

Featured Speaker — International Crime, Media & Popular Culture Studies Conference

  • “’The Girl Doesn’t Expect Anything…': How a Media Manufactured Sexuality is Shaping Campus Sexual Culture” (Sept. 17, 2012, Indiana State University)

California State University — Northridge

  • “The Promise & Perils of the Hook-Up Culture” (Apr. 26, 2012)

Occidental College — Digital Scholarship Symposium

  • Open Scholarship Roundtable (with Amy Lyford, PhD and Shanna Lorenz, PhD) (Apr. 12, 2012)

University of California, Los Angeles — Couples and Sex Therapy Training Program

  • “Cross-Cultural Sexualities: Socio-Historical Variation in Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Sexual Scripts” (Apr. 5, 2012)

Harvard University

  • “The Promise and Perils of Hook Up ‘Culture’” (Mar. 26, 2012)
  • “Sex Machines & Sex Objects: How Stereotypes Subvert Sexual Pleasure (Mar. 28, 2012)

Dartmouth University

  • “The Promise & Perils of the Hook-Up Culture” (Mar. 29, 2012)

Boston University

  • “Female Genital ‘Mutilation’ in the American Imagination” (Mar. 27, 2012)
  • “A Feminist Defense of Friendship” (Mar. 28, 2012)

University of Massachusetts, Amherst — Sociology Department Colloquium

  • “A Call to Public Sociology: Inspiration and Insights from Sociological Images” (Mar. 27, 2012)

Yale University — Sex Week

  • “Your Body Is a Wonderland: Body Image and Sexuality at Yale” (panel; Feb. 6, 2012)
  • “Friendship Matters” (Feb. 6, 2012)
  • “The Promise and Perils of Hook Up ‘Culture’” (Feb. 7, 2012)

Occidental College — Last Lecture Series

  • “A Feminist Defense of Friendship” (Dec. 1, 2011)

Pacific Lutheran University — Sex + Speakers Series

  • “The Promise and Perils of Hook Up ‘Culture’” (Oct. 25, 2011)
  • “The Emancipatory Promise of the Habitus: Lindy Hop, the Body, and Social Change” (Oct. 26, 2011)
  • “Female Genital ‘Mutilation’ in the American Imagination” (Oct. 26, 2011)

Franklin and Marshall College — Common Hour

  • “The Promise and Perils of Hook Up ‘Culture’” (Mar. 24, 2011)

Occidental College — Feminist Faculty Series

  • “Selling Sex, Sexual Subjectivity, and the Orgasm Gap” (Oct. 26, 2011)

University of California, Los Angeles — Brown Bag Lecture Series

  • “Female Genital ‘Mutilation’ in the American Imagination” (Oct. 15, 2011)

Tulane University — Newcomb College Institute Speakers Series

  • “The Promise and Perils of Hook Up ‘Culture’” (Sept.30, 2010)
  • “Female Genital ‘Mutilation’ in the American Imagination” (Sept.30, 2010)

Loyola University

  • “The Promise and Perils of Hook Up ‘Culture’” (Sept. 29, 2010)

Slippery Rock University — Women’s Studies Speaker Series

  • “Female Genital ‘Mutilation’ in the American Imagination” (Nov. 5, 2009)

California Lutheran University — Health and Social Change Lecture Series 

  • “Female Genital ‘Mutilation’ in the American Imagination” (Oct. 21, 2009)

University of Southern California — Health Center Staff Education Series

  • “Cultural Contributions to Female Anorgasmia” (Apr. 24, 2009)

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • Wade, Lisa. 2014. “Using Social Media as a Professional Development Tool.” Panelist on August 18 at the American Sociological Association in San Francisco, CA.
  • Wade, Lisa.2013. “Public Intellectualism: Engaging in Real-Time Political Discourse through New Media.”  Panelist on March 30th at the Western Political Science Association in Hollywood, CA.
  • Wade, Lisa.2013. “21st Century Sex Wars.”  Panelist on March 28th at the Western Political Science Association in Hollywood, CA.
  • Wade, Lisa. 2012. “Should You be on Facebook (and Will Anyone Care if You Are?).” Panelist on August 19th at the American Sociological Association Conference in Denver, CO.
  • Wade, Lisa and Gwen Sharp. 2011. “Different Types of Publication Opportunities for Students.” Presented August 22nd at the American Sociological Association Conference in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Wade, Lisa. 2011. “Journalism, Advocacy, and the Social Construction of Consensus.” Presented August 20th at the American Sociological Association Conference in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Wade, Lisa and Gwen Sharp. 2011. “Big Time Blogging: The Secrets of Sociological Images.” Presented August 20th at the Society for the Study of Social Problems Conference in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Wade, Lisa. 2010.  Organizer: “Stigmatizing, Refining, and Mainstreaming LGBTQ Identities.”  Presided over August 16th at the American Sociological Association Conference in Atlanta, GA.
  • Sharp, Gwen & Lisa Wade. 2009.  “Sociological Images: Analyzing Advertisements in the Classroom.”  Presented August 8th at the American Sociological Association Conference in San Francisco, CA.
  • Wade, Lisa. 2009.  “Should I Blog? A Discussion of the Benefits of Blogging in Academia.”  Roundtable August 9th at the American Sociological Association Conference in San Francisco, CA.
  • Sharp, Gwen & Lisa Wade. 2009.  “Sociological Images: Analyzing Advertisements in the Classroom.”  Presented April 8th at the Pacific Sociological Association Conference in San Diego, CA.
  • Sharp, Gwen & Lisa Wade. 2008.  “Seeing Is Believing: An Interactive Presentation on Analyzing Advertisements in the Classroom.”  Poster presentation October 23rd to 25th at the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Wade, Lisa. 2008.  “Anatomy of an Outrage: Collusion and Confusion over the Medicalization of Female Genital Cutting at a U.S. Hospital.”  Presented February 8th at the Sociologists for Women in Society Winter Meeting in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Wade, Lisa. 2007.  “Feminism or Imperialism?  Understanding Feminist Conflict Over FGC.” Presented April 13th at the Pacific Southwest Women’s Studies Conference in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Wade, Lisa. 2005.  “The Contingency of Medical Authority over Female Genital Cutting: A Case Study in Context.”  Presented October 15th at “A Matter of Facts: Problems of Evidence in Medicine and Public Health,” a conference sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
  • Wade, Lisa. 2005.  “Ideological Context and the Framing of Female Genital Mutilation: Discursive Contests between Doctors and Feminists in the Mass Media.” Presented in the Collective Behavior and Social Movements Roundtable August 13th at the ASA conference in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Wade, Lisa. 2005.“Public American Discourse about FGM and the Relevance to Transnational Eradication Efforts.” Presented April 15th at the University of Wisconsin System Women’s Studies conference in Madison, WI.
  • Wade, Lisa. 2005. “Framing Female Genital Mutilation: Discursive Contests between Activists and Doctors in the Mass Media.”  Presented April 2nd at the Midwest Sociological Society conference in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Wade, Lisa & Emily C. Kremer. 2002.“Is There a Cultural Clitoridectomy?”  Presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Great Lakes/Eastern Regional Conference in Big Rapids, MI.
  • Wade, Lisa. 2000.  “The Effect of Relationship Dissolution on Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors.”  Presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Conference in Orlando, Florida.  This paper was later published in the Journal of Marriage and Family.
  • Wade, Lisa. 1999.  “Consequences of the Early Constructions of AIDS.”  Presented at Beyond Boundaries: Sexuality Across Cultures, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Wade, Lisa. 1998.  “Using the AIDS Memorial Quilt to Enhance HIV/AIDS Education in Schools.”  Presented at the Centers for Disease Control National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Wade, Lisa. 1998.  “Using the AIDS Memorial Quilt to Enhance HIV/AIDS Education in Schools.”  Presented at the GLSEN Second Annual Conference: Teaching Respect For All in Oakland, CA.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

  • Board Member, Contexts Magazine
  • Task Force Member, SWS Taskforce on Mainstreaming Feminist Thought
  • ReviewerAmerican Journal of Sociology; Gender & Society; Social Forces; Journal of Personal Relationships; Men and Masculinities; British Journal of Sociology; Mobilization; Sociological Quarterly; Sociological Forum; Culture, Health and Sexuality; Sociology Compass; Gender, Place & Culture; and the New York University Press.

SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGES

Founder and Principal Author of the website Sociological Images.  Read about the site here.

MEDIA

I enjoy having the opportunity to appear in radio, tv, and print media, with the hopes of offering a sociological perspective on pop culture, public policy, and current events.  For a list of media appearances, please see my media page.

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