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Jane Ward

Jane Ward


Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies
2025 INTN
(951) 827-6427

Research Areas

  • queer studies, critical heterosexuality studies, critical whiteness studies


  • B.A., Sociology, UC Santa Barbara, 1995
  • M.A., Sociology, UC Santa Barbara, 1997
  • Ph.D., Sociology, UC Santa Barbara, 2003


Jane Ward is professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at UCR, where she teaches courses in feminist, queer, and heterosexuality studies. 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, published by NYU Press, is titled Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men.

Professor Ward is founder of the feminist blog and cofounder, along with CJ Pascoe and Tey Meadow, of . She is also a baker, an urban gardener, and a parent to one human child, four cats, and eleven chickens.




Articles and Chapters:

  • “Get Your Gender Binary Off My Childhood!: Towards a Movement for Children’s Gender Self-Determination.” In Fiona Green and May Friedman (eds.) Chasing Rainbows: Exploring Gender Fluid Parenting Practices. 2013.

  • “Radical Experiments Involving Innocent Children: Locating Parenthood in Queer Utopia.” In Angela Jones (ed) A Critical Inquiry Into Queer Utopia, Palgrave. 2013. pp. 231-244.

  • “Queer Feminist Pigs: A Spectator’s Manifesta.”  In Tristan Taormino, Constance Penley,  Mireille Miller Young, and Celine Parrenas Shimizu (eds.) The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure.  The Feminist Press, CUNY. 2013. pp. 130-139.

  • “Postmodernism, Poststructuralism & Queer Theory.” Doing Feminist Theory: Fighting for Bread and Roses, Susan Mann (ed)a. Oxford University Press. 2012.

  • “Born This Way: Congenital Heterosexuals and the Making of Heteroflexibility.” Sexualities: Past Reflections, Future Directions, Sally Hines and Yvette Taylor (eds.) Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 

  • “From ‘Black People Are Not A Homosexual Act’ to ‘Gay is the New Black’: Mapping White Uses of Blackness in Modern Gay Rights Campaigns in the United States.” co-authored with Amy Stone. Social Identities 17.5. 2011.
  • “Queer Pedagogies and the Specter of the Maternal.” In Deborah Byrd and Fiona Green (eds.) Maternal Pedagogies: In and Out of the Classroom. Ontario: Demeter Press. Fall 2011.
  • "Gender Labor: Tansmen, Femmes, and the Collective Work of Transgression." Sexualities. 13(2): 236-254. 2010. [Reprinted in Intimate Labors: Cultures, Technologies, and the Politics of Care, edited by Eileen Boris and Rhacel Salazar Parrenas, Stanford University Press, 2010.]
  • “Introduction: The Reaches of Heteronormativity” Special Issue on Sexualities and Heteronormativity, edited by Jane Ward and Beth Schneider. Gender & Society 23(4): 433-439. 2009.
  • “Toward an Intersectionality Just Out of Reach: Confronting the Challenges to Intersectional Practice,” co-authored with Rachel Luft in Advances in Gender Research Vol. 13 edited by Marcia Texler Segal and Vasilikie Demos. Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Publishers, 2009.
  • “White Normativity: The Cultural Dimensions of Whiteness in a Racially Diverse LGBT Organization.” Sociological Perspectives 51(3): 563-586. 2008.
  • “Dude-Sex: White Masculinities and ‘Authentic’ Heterosexuality Among Dudes Who Have Sex With Dudes.” Sexualities 11(4): 415-435. 2008.
  • “Diversity Discourse and Multi-Identity Work in Lesbian and Gay Organizations”in Identity Work in Social Movements: Negotiating Sameness and Difference in Activist Environments, 233-255, edited by Jo Reger, Daniel Myers, and Rachel Einwohner, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008.
  • “Transmanner, femmes, und die arbeit, das girl zu sein.” [“Transmen, Femmes, and the Work of Being the Girl”] in Sexuell Arbeiten: Eine queere Perspektive auf Arbeit und Prekaras Leben, edited by Renate Lorenz and Brigitta Kuster, 240-258, Berlin: b_books, 2007.
  • “Straight Dude Seeks Same: Mapping the Relationship Between Sexual Identities, Practices, and Cultures” in Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader, 31-37, edited by Mindy Stombler et al, New York: Allyn and Bacon, 2004.
  • “‘Not All Differences Are Created Equal:’ Multiple Jeopardy in a Gendered Organization.” Gender & Society 18(1): 82-102. 2004
  • “Producing Pride in West Hollywood: A Queer Cultural Capital for Queers With Cultural Capital.” Sexualities 6(1): 65-94. 2003.
  • “A New Kind of AIDS: Adapting to the Success of Protease Inhibitors in an AIDS Care Organization.” Qualitative Sociology 23(3): 247-265. 2000.
  • “Queer Sexism: Rethinking Gay Men and Masculinity” in Gay Masculinities, edited by Peter Nardi, Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 1999 (153-175).

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