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Anne Fausto-Sterling papers

Biographical note

Anne Sterling was born in 1944 in Queens, New York to Philip and Dorothy Sterling. She became an activist early in life, primarily involved with movements for peace, civil rights, and issues surrounding gender, sexuality, and feminism. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1965 with a degree in zoology and completed her doctoral studies in developmental genetics at Brown University. In 1972, she became Assistant Professor in Medical Science at Brown, primarily teaching courses in embryology. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1978 and became a full Professor and in 1986. Fausto-Sterling held the Nancy Duke Lewis Chair from 2009 until her retirement in 2014. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Over her career, Anne Fausto-Sterling developed courses including "The Biology of Gender," "Vertebrate Embryology," "History of Embryology and Genetics in 20th Century US," and "Social Issues in Biology." In 2002-2003, she directed the Pembroke Center's research seminar on "Theories of Embodiment." In addition to teaching at Brown for over forty years, she has been a visiting faculty member at institutions throughout the U.S. and abroad in departments of Biology, Medical Science, Gender Studies and Science Studies.

Fausto-Sterling is the author of many research articles and three monographs. Her publications include Myths of Gender: Biological Theories About Women and Men (1985), "The Five Sexes" (1993), and Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality (2000). Her most recent work focuses on applying dynamic systems theory to the study of gender differentiation in early childhood. She is a frequent commentator for several major media outlets and contributes regularly to the Boston Review, Huffington Post, and Psychology Today.