University of California, Riverside


Jane Ward Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies

Topics: Sexuality

Preferred Media: Print, Radio, Video

Contact Card

Tel: (951) 827-6427

Media Contact: Tess Eyrich
Tel: (951) 827-1287


Ward teaches courses in feminist, queer, and heterosexuality studies, and is a leading scholar on masculinity and sexual fluidity. Recent media appearances include in USA Today, The Washington Post, NPR, Newsweek, New York Magazine, Forbes, The Guardian, the BBC, Huffington Post, Salon, Vice, and Slate. She has published on a broad range of topics including: feminist pornography; queer parenting; gay pride festivals; gay marriage campaigns; transgender relationships; the social construction of heterosexuality; the failure of diversity programs; and the evolution of HIV/AIDS organizations. Her first book, “Respectably Queer: Diversity Culture in LGBT Activist Organizations,” was named by The Progressive magazine as a best book of 2008. Her second book is “Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men.” Professor Ward is founder of the feminist blog and co-founder, along with CJ Pascoe and Tey Meadow, of .

On Sexuality

Ward is a high-profile scholar of sexuality studies who can respond to inquiries on sexual fluidity, heterosexuality, LGBT issues, gaps between sexual identity and behavior, sexual experimentation, and changes in sexual identity or behavior.

On Masculinity

A leading scholar of masculinity, Ward will field inquires related to men’s violence – sexual assault, sexual harassment, mass shootings, white supremacist masculinity, misogyny, rape culture, and men’s backlash against feminism.

On Feminism

Ward takes media inquiries on trends in feminism, popular representations of feminism, feminist debates about sexuality, health/bodies, parenthood, or national politics.