Life and career
Jordan-Young 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, Jordan-Young 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.
- Staff report (December 29, 2010). Fluid movement How men and women are less different than you think. The Economist
- Johnson, Jane'a; McLean, Lindsey (December 1, 2011). New Directions in Gender and Sexuality Studies: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Rebecca Jordan- Young, and Alondra Nelson Will Be Featured in Winter Quarter. CSW Update
- Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences, Harvard University Press, September 2010.
- Rivers, Caryl; Barnett, Rosalind C. (August 5, 2011). Confronting Gender Anxiety. Education Week
- Out of Bounds? A Critique of the New Policies on Hyperandrogenism in Elite Female Athletes, Katrina Karkazis, Georgiann Davis, Rebecca Jordan-Young, and Silvia Camporesi in American Journal of Bioethics 12(7): 3–16, 2012, DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2012.680533.
- Rip up new Olympic sex test rules, Katrina Karkazis and Rebecca Jordan-Young in New Scientist, 23 July 2012.
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