Janet R. Jakobsen


Janet R. Jakobsen is Director of the Center for Research on Women, Professor of Women’s Studies, and Dean for Faculty Diversity and Development at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her Ph.D. is from Emory University in Religious Studies with a specialization in the Ethics and Society. She is the author of Working Alliances and the Politics of Difference: Diversity and Feminist Ethics (Indiana University Press 1998) and with Ann Pellegrini of Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance (New York University Press, 2003). Her most recent anthology, also with Ann Pellegrini, is Secularisms (Duke University Press, 2008), and she co-edited Interventions: Activists and Academics Respond to Violence with Elizabeth Castelli (Palgrave, 2004). Her current book project is Perverse Ethics: Secular Freedom and the Problem of Sex. She has held fellowships at the Udall Center for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Arizona, the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University, and the Center for the Study of Values and Public Life at Harvard Divinity School and served as a visiting professor for Wesleyan University’s Ethics Project and Harvard University’s Program in Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality. Before entering the academy, she was a policy analyst and organizer in Washington, D.C.


Professor of Women's Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University and Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women