Jane Ward is professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at University of California Riverside, where she teaches courses in feminist, queer, and heterosexuality studies. Ward's published work focuses on a broad range of topics including queer childhood and parenting, the evolution of straight identity and culture, the corporatization of gay pride festivals, the race politics of same-sex marriage, the social construction of whiteness, feminist pornography, and trans relationships.
She is the author of Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men (New York University Press, 2015), which has been featured by Newsweek, New York Magazine, Forbes, The Guardian, BBC, Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, Salon, Vice, and Slate. Her first book, Respectably Queer: Diversity Culture in LGBT Activist Organizations, was named by The Progressive magazine as a best book of 2008 and has been featured on NPR. Ward's next book, titled The Tragedy of Heterosexuality, is forthcoming in Fall 2020 with NYU Press.
She is the blogger for FeministPigs.com and cofounder, along with CJ Pascoe and Tey Meadow, of the social science blog SocialInqueery.com. She was a founding member of the queer burlesque troupe “The Miracle Whips” in 2004, and she started the parenting collective “L.A. Genderqueer Parenting” in 2009, both based in Los Angeles. She is also a baker, an urban gardener, and a parent to one human child, four cats, and eight chickens. She lives in Southern California with her comrade Kat Ross and their kiddo.
To contact Jane Ward, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or find her on twitter @thequeerjane. For general media inquiries, contact Tess Eyrich at email@example.com, or for press copies of Not Gay, contact Betsy Steve (firstname.lastname@example.org) at NYU Press. You can find Jane's UCR media page here.