Lisa Wade is a sociologist, essayist, and author. Well-known for her wide-ranging, critique and commentary, she has written for the New Republic, Washington Post, Politico, Guardian, TIME, and more. She appears frequently in radio and television news and opinion outlets.
Her newest book, American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus, is the definitive account of the sexual culture that dominates higher education. She’s spoken about hookup culture at dozens of colleges and universities of all kinds. Rising above misinformation and moralizing, she situates hookup culture within the history of sexuality, the evolution of higher education, and the unfinished feminist revolution. Attending to the wide diversity of student experiences, Lisa explains where we are and how we got here, asking not “How do we go back?” but “Where do we go from here?”
A professor at Occidental College, Lisa previously earned an M.A. in Human Sexuality from NYU and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In addition to authoring over two dozen research papers, book chapters, and educational essays, she is the co-author of the bestselling textbook Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions and the founder of and primary writer for the award-winning website Sociological Images.