Sharon Presley (born 1943) is an American libertarian and individualist anarchist feminist, writer, activist, and retired lecturer of psychology. She was one of the founding members of the Association of Libertarian Feminists in 1976 and served as its National Coordinator. Presley was co-founder and former co-proprietor of Laissez Faire Books, once regarded as the largest libertarian bookstore.
Presley received her B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and her M.A. in psychology from San Francisco State. Her Ph.D. in social psychology was awarded from City University of New York Graduate Center in 1981, with Stanley Milgram as her advisor, and a dissertation titled "Attitudes and Moral Judgment of Political Resisters to Authority." In 2009, she retired from teaching at California State University, East Bay in Hayward where she taught the Social, Developmental, Psychology of Women and Critical Thinking. Her research also includes work on women resisters to authority and Mormon feminists. Her current research is on personality variables related to attitudes toward authority.
Presley was one of the co-founders of the first national libertarian organization of the new libertarian movement, the Alliance of Libertarian Activists, founded in 1966 in Berkeley, California. In 1972, she was the co-founder, with John Muller, of the influential libertarian bookstore Laissez Faire Books. She was one of the founding members of the Association of Libertarian Feminists in 1976 and served as its National Coordinator from 1976 to 1985 and then again from 2004 to the present. In 1992, she founded Resources for Independent Thinking, a non-partisan, non-profit organization promoting educational tools for independent and critical thinking. As of 2009, Presley serves as the organization's Executive Director.
- "Individualism: A feminist psychologist's perspectives" in Mimi Reisel Gladstein, Chris Matthew Sciabarra, Feminist interpretations of Ayn Rand : Re-reading the canon, Penn State Press, 1999. ISBN 978-0-271-01830-0
- Values and attitudes of political resisters to authority, Ph.D thesis, City University of New York, 1982.
- Think for Yourself!: Questioning Pressures to Conform, Ronin Publishing, 2001, ISBN 1579510507
- Co-editor with Crispin Startwell, Exquisite Rebel: The Essays of Voltairine de Cleyre – Anarchist, Feminist, Genius, SUNY Press, 2005.
- Standing Up to Experts and Authorities: How to Avoid Being Intimidated, Manipulated and Abused, Solomon Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-934623-87-2
- Brookmire, Paula (July 25, 1980). "Of traps, trade-offs and women". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
- Curriculum Vita, at SharonPresley.net.
- Klatch, Rebecca E. (1999). A Generation Divided: The New Left, the New Right, and the 1960s. University of California Press. p. 273. ISBN 9780520217140.
- Everling, Michael (2005-05-16). "Dr. Sharon Presley on "Voltairine's Relevance for Today"". Karl Hess Club.
- Ruper, Clark (2010-12-28). "Sharon Presley to speak at International SFL Conference". Students For Liberty.
- Vita at Sharon Presley website
- Ramsey, Bruce. ""Laissez Faire": R.I.P.?". Liberty. Archived from the original on 2008-01-18. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
- Generation Divided: The New Left, The New Right and the 1960s. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1999, p 273
- Resources for Independent Thinking web site.
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- Of traps, trade offs and women, Paula Brookmire interview with Sharon Presley, The Milwaukee Journal, July 25, 1980.
- Riggenbach, Jeff (July 22, 2011). "Is There a Psychology of Liberty?". Mises Daily (Ludwig von Mises Institute).