Cynthia Burack

Professor, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Center Oversight Committee

Oversight Committee Representative, 2013-2014

I work in the areas of feminist political theory and political psychology. My research focuses on identity groups and their ideologies and cultures. Before coming to OSU, I taught at George Washington University and the University of Florida in both political science and women's studies. With Jyl J. Josephson, I edit a book series in Queer Politics and Cultures at State University of New York Press.

The Problem of the Passions: Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and Social Theory (New York University Press, 1994)
Fundamental Differences: Feminists Talk Back to Social Conservatives, edited with Jyl J. Josephson (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003)
Healing Identities: Black Feminist Thought and the Politics of Groups (Cornell University Press, 2004)
Sin, Sex, and Democracy: Antigay Politics and the Christian Right (2008) was published in the Queer Politics and Cultures series at SUNY Press
Tough Love: Sexuality, Compassion, and the Christian Right (2014) also in Queer Politics and Cultures
Right-Wing Populism and the Media (Routledge Press, 2014)
My new research focuses on US government interventions and advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ human rights abroad. With R.Claire Snyder-Hall, I have co-edited a recent issue of the journal, New Political Science that focuses on Right-Wing Populism and the Media.


  • Feminist political theory
  • Political psychology

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