Cynthia Burack

Core Faculty

I work in the areas of feminist political theory, political psychology, religion and politics, and sexuality studies. My research focuses on identity groups and their ideologies and cultures. Before coming to OSU, I taught at George Washington University and the University of Florida in both political science and women's studies. With Jyl J. Josephson, I edit a book series in Queer Politics and Cultures at State University of New York Press.

My current research focuses on US government advocacy for sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) human rights and the Christian conservative movement's opposition to SOGI human rights.


  • The Problem of the Passions: Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and Social Theory (New York University Press, 1994)
  • Fundamental Differences: Feminists Talk Back to Social Conservatives, edited with Jyl J. Josephson (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003)
  • Healing Identities: Black Feminist Thought and the Politics of Groups (Cornell University Press, 2004)
  • Sin, Sex, and Democracy: Antigay Politics and the Christian Right (SUNY Press, 2008)
  • Tough Love: Sexuality, Compassion, and the Christian Right (SUNY Press, 2014)
  • Right-Wing Populism and the Media (Routledge Press, 2014)
  • Because We Are Human: Contesting US Support for Gender and Sexuality Human Rights Abroad (SUNY Press, 2018)

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Areas of Expertise
  • Feminist political theory
  • Political Psychology
  • Sexuality Studies
  • SOGI Human Rights
  • Religion and Politics
WGSS Professor Cynthia Burack
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