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Dr. Julia Ericksen

Dr. Julia Ericksen
Julia Ericksen is a sociology professor and chair of the department at Temple University. Her research and teaching interests are on the topic of sexuality and gender. She is has written extensively about research methodology in sex research, and she is the author of a chapter on this in the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Sociology. She is the author of Kiss and Tell: Surveying Sex in the Twentieth Century, which includes a section on Kinsey. She has also written about Kinsey's controversial methodology. Currently she is working on a book about women's experience with breast cancer diagnosis, particularly their experiences around issues of body and sexuality.


Barak Goodman

Barak Goodman
In twelve years of producing documentaries, Barak Goodman has received every major industry award: the Peabody, duPont-Columbia, National Emmy, and an Academy Award nomination. Two of his films for PBS's American Experience were selected for the documentary competition by the Sundance Film Festival: Scottsboro: An American Tragedy (Sundance 2000), and The Fight (Sundance 2004).


Dr. Gilbert Herdt

Dr. Gilbert Herdt
Gilbert Herdt is a professor of sexuality and anthropology at San Francisco State University where he also directs the Human Sexuality Studies Program, the Institute on Sexuality, Inequality, and Health, and the National Sexuality Resource Center. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous professional journals, given scholarly presentations at conferences throughout the world, published over 50 scholarly articles and book chapters, authored or coauthored eight books, and edited 14 volumes. Among his more recent books are Secrecy and Cultural Reality (University of Michigan Press, 2001), Something to Tell You: The Road Families Travel When a Child Is Gay (Columbia University Press, 2000), and Sambia Sexual Cultures: Essays from the Field (University of Chicago Press, 1999).


James H. Jones

James H. Jones
James H. Jones received his Ph.D. from Indiana University and has taught at the University of Houston and the University of Arkansas. He has held postdoctoral fellowships from Harvard University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and The Rockefeller Foundation. He is the award winning author of Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, A Tragedy of Race and Medicine (The Free Press), and Alfred C. Kinsey: A Life (W. W. Norton). An independent scholar, Jones lives in San Francisco, California.


Catherine Johnson-Roehr

Catherine Johnson-Roehr
Catherine Johnson-Roehr has been the Curator of Art, Artifacts, and Photographs at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction since July 2000. She has master's degrees in art history (University of Oregon) and library science (Indiana University). As curator at The Kinsey Institute, Johnson-Roehr organizes public exhibitions, manages requests from researchers and the media, and works with donors to build the Institute's art collection. She has edited several Kinsey Institute exhibition catalogs, including Sex and Humor: Selections from The Kinsey Institute and Feminine Persuasion: Art and Essays on Sexuality, both published by Indiana University Press.


Melissa Pardue

Melissa Pardue
Melissa Pardue is a social welfare policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation, examining and developing recommendations to address poverty in the United States. She also specializes in a variety of family and cultural issues, with a particular interest in those that affect low-income families and communities. Pardue has published numerous papers and articles on poverty, marriage, abstinence education, and other social policy issues. With Robert Rector, she is a co-author of "What Do Parents Want Taught in Sex Education Programs?" (2004).


Robert E. Rector

Robert E. Rector
Robert Rector is a policy analyst focusing on welfare and family issues at The Heritage Foundation. He focuses on a range of issues relating to welfare reform, family breakdown, and America's various social ills. He played a major role in crafting the federal welfare reform legislation passed in 1996, and he has conducted extensive research on the economic costs of welfare and its role in undermining families. He is the author of America's Failed $5.4 Trillion War on Poverty, a comprehensive examination of U.S. welfare programs, and co-editor of Steering the Elephant: How Washington Works. With Melissa Pardue, he is a co-author of "What Do Parents Want Taught in Sex Education Programs?" (2004).


Adrienne Verrilli

Adrienne Verrilli
Adrienne Verrilli is the director of communications at the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS). SIECUS advocates for the right of all people to accurate information, comprehensive education about sexuality and sexual health services. Her communications expertise is in the public policy arena at the local, state, federal, and international level as it relates to reproductive and sexual health and rights. Adrienne also works extensively on issues related to parent-child communication, youth development, child abuse and GLBTQ youth. Prior to joining SIECUS she was the senior communications and policy analyst of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, where she worked on reproductive health and rights issues as they related to both communications and legislative initiatives at the federal level.


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