June Reinisch

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June Machover Reinisch (born 1943) is an American psychologist who has helped advance the public's general knowledge of human sexual activity.[1] From 1982 to 1993,[2] she was director of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University.[3] Her research at the Institute focused on sexual and psychosexual development.[4] She has published more than 100 scientific papers in such journals as Science, Nature, JAMA, American Psychologist, Hormones and Behavior, MMWR, JPSP, Archives of Internal Medicine, and the British and American Journals or Psychiatry.


Reinisch was born and raised in New York City. Her mother was a librarian and her father was a U.S. naval officer serving as Fire Chief and Head Security Officer of the Panama Canal Zone during World War II under Admiral Kingman. In addition he was Head of Regional Counter Intelligence for Central and South America He was also a Lieutenant in the New York City Fire Department.[3] She received her B.Sc. in Psychology from New York University, her M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College in 1966, and her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Columbia University.[1] Prior to returning to graduate school, she was Vice President of Publicity and Promotion for Daedalus Productions, which managed Sly & the Family Stone and Peaches & Herb. She managed The Cafe Au Go Go on Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village, NY, and was the East Coast representative for Bishop Industries including Joseph Marshall Wigs, Plus White Plus Tooth Paste, and Hazel Bishop Makeup. She also sold china and crystal and A.H. Riise on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.[citation needed]

Kinsey Institute[edit]

June Reinisch became the new director of the Kinsey Institute in 1982. She changed its name to "The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction". From 1984 to 1993, the newly named institute produced “The Kinsey Report,” an internationally syndicated newspaper column.[5] She published a column in the paper three times per week.[6] Reinisch’s directorship also saw the creation of a monographic series,[7] The Kinsey Institute Series, with the publication of Masculinity/Femininity[8] resulting from institute sponsored multidisciplinary seminars. Additionally, in 1990 the establishment of the institute’s art gallery led to exhibitions featuring its art collection.[9] The next year a trade book aimed at popular audiences, The Kinsey Institute New Report on Sex: What you must know to be Sexually Literate, was released.[10]


  1. ^ a b Wayne, Tiffany K. (2011). American women of science since 1900. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9781598841589. 
  2. ^ W. Edward Craighead; Charles B. Nemeroff (19 April 2004). The Concise Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science. John Wiley & Sons. p. 508. ISBN 978-0-471-22036-7. 
  3. ^ a b Giovanna, Breu. "As Did Kinsey, June Reinisch Takes the Plain Brown Wrapper Off the Study of Sex". People. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Vern L. Bullough; Bonnie Bullough (1 January 1994). Human Sexuality: An Encyclopedia. Taylor & Francis. p. 336. ISBN 978-0-8240-7972-7. 
  5. ^ Bullough, Vern L. Science in the Bedroom: A History of Sex Research. New York: Basic Books, 1994. Print; 283.
  6. ^ Emmis Communications (February 1999). Indianapolis Monthly. Emmis Communications. p. 2. ISSN 0899-0328. 
  7. ^ Pomeroy, Wardell B. Dr. Kinsey and the Insititute for Sex Research. New York: Harper & Row, 1972. Print; 458.
  8. ^ Reinisch, June Machover, ed. Masculinity/Femininity : Basic Perspectives. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987. Print.
  9. ^ Becherer. J. P. Selections from the collections of the Kinsey Institute. Bloomington, IN: The Kinsey Institute, 1990. Print.
  10. ^ Reinisch, June Machover. The Kinsey Institute New Report on Sex : What You Must Know to Be Sexually Literate New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991. Print.