Professor Stevi Jackson

Stevi's book (co-authored with Momin Rahman) Gender and Sexuality is published by Polity.

Gender and Sexuality

Stevi's book (co-authored with Sue Scott) Theorizing Sexuality is published by Open University Press.

Book Theorizing Sexuality


Professor Stevi Jackson


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Stevi Jackson gained her BA in Sociology from the University of Kent in 1972 and her Masters from the University of York in 1973, after which she returned to Kent to pursue doctoral research on young women and sexuality. She has held a number of posts in Sociology at various UK Universities prior to taking up the Chair in York in 1998 and has been involved in the development and teaching of Women’s Studies since the early 1970s. She has retained her interest in sexuality throughout her career, but has also worked on broader aspects of feminist theory, on family relationships and on childhood. In recent years she has begun to develop collaborative relationships with Asian scholars and an interest in comparative work on gender, sexuality and social change. She has supervised 30 PhDs to completion, most of which have been concerned with aspects of family, sexual and intimate relationships.

Current research interests

My current interests are: theorizing sexuality, especially heterosexuality; theories of self and subjectivity; modernity, gender and intimacy in Asia and Europe. I am working on a collaborative project. ‘Gender, intimacy and modernity , East and West’ with Dr Sik-ying Ho, University of Hong Kong, jointly funded by The Research Grants Council of Hong Kong and the Economic and Social Research Council, UK (Grant number 000-22-3628)

Selected publications

Gender and Sexuality, Polity November 2010 (co-authored with Momin Rahman)

Theorizing Sexuality, Open University Press March 2010 (co-authored with Sue Scott)

East Asian Sexualities: Modernity, Gender and New Sexual Cultures, London : Zed Books 2008 (edited with Liu Jieyu and Woo Juhyun)

‘Families, Domesticity and Intimacy: Changing Relationships in Changing Times’, in Richardson, D, and Robinson, V. (eds) Introducing Women's Studies, third edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2008 pp. 125-143.

'Ordinary Sex’, Sexualities , 11 (1) 2008, pp. 37-40.

‘Materialist feminism, the pragmatist self and global late modernity: some consequences for intimacy and sexuality’, pp. 53-89 in L. Gunnarsson (ed.) GEXcel Work in Progress Report Vol. III, Örebro University/Linköping University 2008

‘Faking Like a Woman: Towards an interpretive theorization of sexual pleasure, Body and Society, 13 (2) 2007 pp.95-116 (with Sue Scott)

‘The Appalling Appeal of Nature: The Popular Influence of Evolutionary Psychology as a Sociological Problem’, Sociology, 41 (5) 2007 pp. 917-930. (With Amanda Rees)

‘Rethinking the Self: Constructions of Gender and Sexuality in Late Modernity’, in Kimmel M. (ed) The Sexual Self: The Construction of Sexual Scripts. Nashville TN: Vanderbilt University Press, 2007. pp. 3-15

‘Heterosexuality, Sexuality and Gender: Re-thinking the Intersections’ in Richardson, D., Casey, M. and McLaughlin, J. (eds) Intersections between Feminist and Queer Theory. London: Palgrave 2006. pp 38-58

‘Gender, Sexuality and Heterosexuality: The Complexity (and Limits) of HeteronoMay 13, 201621.

‘Sexuality, Heterosexuality and Gender Hierarchy: Getting our Priorities Straight’, in Ingraham, C. (ed.) Thinking Straight: New Work in Critical Heterosexuality Studies. New York: Routledge, pp.15-39, 2005.

‘Sexual Antinomies in Late Modernity’, Sexualities, 7 (2) 2004 pp. 241-256 (with Sue Scott)

Gender: A Reader. London: Routledge 2002 (edited with Sue Scott)

Jackson, S. Heterosexuality in Question. London: Sage, 1999.

Professional activities

I was a founding co-editor of the international journal Feminist Theory from 1999 to 2005 and am on the editorial boards of Sexualities and Irish Feminist Review. I served as a member of the Sociology Panel and Chair of the Women’s Studies sub-panel for RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) 2001 and a member of the Sociology sub-panel for RAE 2008. I acted as an examiner for the ESRC postgraduate studentship competition from 2005-2007 and a member of the Sociology Panel for the 2005 re-recognition exercise and 2007 interim exercise. I was an advisor for the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Schemes from 2002 to 2009.I have been involved in a DelPHE collaboration with the Women’s Studies Centre at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India since 2007.
I was elected as an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2002.

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