Rebecca Herzig

Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies


Gender and Sexuality Studies

Pettengill Hall, Room 209


Rebecca Herzig is the author or editor of several books, including Suffering for Science: Reason and Sacrifice in Modern America, The Nature of Difference: Sciences of Race in the United States from Jefferson to Genomics (with Evelynn Hammonds) and the series, Feminist Technosciences  (with Banu Subramaniam). Herzig’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Macarthur Foundation.

Herzig is currently writing a book about the past(s) and future(s) of higher education. Herzig’s most recent work on that project, on labor in the pandemic university, was published in 2022.

A frequent contributor to popular media, Herzig’s interview with Alok Vaid-Menon may be found here, and appearance on Adam Ruins Everything here.

Excerpts from reviews of Plucked:

“[A]n interesting, serious, and meticulously researched contribution to American history.”

— Journal of American History

“[A] fascinating new book…very timely.”

— The Times (London)

“Read on. This book is astonishing.”

— Press Herald (Portland)

“Rebecca Herzig manages to explore issues of race and gender, class and religion, power and commerce, with both intellectual rigor and a healthy sense of humor.”

— Boston Globe

“By its title, Plucked would seem to offer a volume of frothy fun (tinged with schadenfreude) about the high cost of fashion glory; it turns out to be eye-poppingly informative, thought-provoking and, almost against the author’s will, frothy fun.”

— Maclean’s