Rebecca Jordan-Young

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Rebecca Jordan-Young
Rebecca M. Jordan-Young

1963 (age 55–56)
Alma materColumbia University
Known forAuthor of Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences
AwardsGuggenheim Fellowship (2016)
Scientific career
FieldsSex, gender and sexuality
InstitutionsBarnard College

Rebecca M. Jordan-Young (born 1963),[1] is an American sociomedical scientist whose research focuses on sex, gender and sexuality, as well as the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS.[2] She is the Tow Associate Professor for Distinguished Scholars and the Chair of the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College.

Life and career[edit]

Jordan-Young completed her undergraduate work at Bryn Mawr College. She earned her master's degree and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

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.[3]

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.[4][5]

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.[6][7]

In 2016, Jordan-Young was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on a book on testosterone, "T: The Unauthorized Biography", with co-author Katrina Karkazis.[8]

Selected bibliography[edit]


  • Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences. Harvard University Press. October 2011. ISBN 9780674063518.


See also: Cahill, Larry (March–April 2014). "Equal ≠ The Same: Sex Differences in the Human Brain". Cerebrum. Dana Foundation. 2014: 5. PMC 4087190. PMID 25009695.



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