We may not believe that men are from Mars and women are from Venus anymore, but the idea that gender differences are hardwired into our biology has long been a scientifically—and socially—accepted fact. With the publication of her groundbreaking new book, Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences, Barnard women's studies professor and sociomedical scientist Rebecca Jordan-Young may be about to change that.
"I am very pleased that the department and the College has seen fit to put me in Lucyle Hook's shoes, as it were, because she had a formidable presence while she was at Barnard," says Kim Hall, professor of English. Hall recently assumed the newly endowed Lucyle Hook Chair in honor of this beloved English faculty member, a scholar of seventeenth-century literature and drama who passed away in 2003 at the age of 102. "I feel a kind of kinship [with her]," says Hall, citing Hook's scholarly interests as well as her love of international travel and dedication to women's issues.
Barnard Sociology Professor Guobin Yang has spent the past decade studying how Chinese citizens have harnessed social networking and the Internet as tools for civic activism. His latest book, The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online, published in 2009 by Columbia University Press, documents the rise of this phenomenon, drawing on Yang's 10 years of experience monitoring online bulletin boards, conducting case studies and surveys, and collecting personal narratives of those whose lives have been transformed by the Web.
Barnard history professor came to the College in 2001 after completing three years of post-doctoral study at N.Y.U. A South Asian historian, Rao became interested in critiques of South Asian history and anthropology as an undergrad at the University of Chicago, a noted center for such studies.