Dr. Carole McCann is Professor and Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies. She received her Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She served as Director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program from 1998 to 2005 and from 2008 to 2014, when the Program became a Department. She has continued to serve as Department Chair since that time. She holds an Affiliate Faculty appointment in the Language, Literacy and Culture Doctoral Program.
Dr. McCann’s research focuses on three areas: transnational feminist theory, feminist science studies, and the cultural politics of population. She is the first editor, with Seung-kyung Kim, of Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives, (New York: Routledge Press, 2003, 2009, and 2013) and author of Birth Control Politics in the United States, 1916-1945 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994; 1999) and “Women as Leaders in the Contraceptive Movement,” in Gender and Women’s Leadership: A Reference Handbook (2010). She is finishing a new monograph tentatively titled, Malthus, Mathematics, and Modern Masculinity: Demographic Figures and Mid-Twentieth Century Population Politics. She has already published one article based on this work, “Malthusian Men and Demographic Transitions: A Case Study of Hegemonic Masculinity in Mid-Twentieth Century Population Theory,” Frontiers, 3, no. 1, (May 2009): 142-171. In addition, she has presented additional portions of that work at several conferences, including in 2012 “Remaking the Malthusian Couple for the Contraceptive Age” at the Fourth Biennial meeting of the Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics and Science Studies at Pennsylvania State University, State College Pennsylvania, “Science and Mrs. Sanger: The Boundary Objects of Demography” at the National Women’s Studies Association annual conference in Oakland, California. She just returned from presenting her paper, “Gender, Eugenics, and the Population Explosion: A Case study of Transatlantic Demographic Narratives of the Nation” at the 24th International congress of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, at the University of Manchester, Manchester, England. She just received word that her paper, “Explosive Figures: Population Projections and the Pill,” has been accepted for the 14th Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians, in Toronto, Canada, June 2014 for a panel entitled, “The Pill and the World.” She also regularly makes presentations in sessions for program administrators at NWSA and this year will participate on a panel for the NWSA Women of Color Leadership Project.