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. My book, Because We Are Human: Contesting US Support for Gender and Sexuality Human Rights Abroad, will be published by SUNY Press in 2018.


  • 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 (2008) was published in the Queer Politics and Cultures series at SUNY Press
  • Tough Love: Sexuality, Compassion, and the Christian Right (2014) also in Queer Politics and Cultures
  • Right-Wing Populism and the Media (Routledge Press, 2014)

The Problem of the Passions by Cynthia Burack on Amazon's websitespaceFundamental Differences by Cynthia Burack on Amazon's websitespaceHealing Identities by Cynthia Burack on Amazon's website
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Other Publications Include

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

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