Rebecca Sheehan

Lecturer in the Sociology of Gender, Dr

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Rebecca Sheehan is the program director of Gender Studies at Macquarie University and an Honorary Associate at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

Sheehan's research analyses gender inequality through gender and work, feminist intellectual history, ideals of femininity and masculinity, sexual behaviour, popular culture, and the ways in which gender intersects with other identity categories including race, class, and nationality to create oppression and privilege. Her book-in-progress Rise of the Superwoman: How Sex Remade Gender in America’s Long 1970s (under contract with Harvard University Press) argues that contemporary expectations of women were formed in the 1970s.

Committed to applying rigorous research beyond the university, Sheehan has worked as a senior research consultant to Elizabeth Broderick AO, and written about and commented on gender and race for media outlets including the ABC, Mamamia, Marie Claire, Meanjin, The Conversation, and Overland. She is passionate about teaching and has won teaching awards from Macquarie University, Sydney University, and the University of Southern California. 

Sheehan has a PhD and MA in History with a specialisation in Gender Studies from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and a BA (Hons) from the University of New South Wales. She spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at UCLA, served on the Executive Council of the American Studies Association, and was a Graduate Fellow of the Center for Law, Humanities, and Culture at USC.

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Honorary Associate, United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

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