About the Author
Verta Taylor is Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She teaches courses on gender, feminism, women’s studies. and social movements and has won numerous teaching awards, including an Ohio State University Distinguished Teaching Award, a Multicultural Teaching Award, an Outstanding Faculty Award from the Office of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Studies and, most recently, a University Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award for her role as Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Sociology at Ohio State. Taylor also received the Sociologists for Women in Society’s Mentoring Award and has served as Feminist Lecturer for Sociologists for Women in Society. She has served on more than a dozen editorial boards, as Chair of the Sex and Gender and the Collective Behavior and Social Movements Sections of the American Sociological Association, and as Chair of the Committee on the Status of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Sociologists of the American Sociological Association. She is author of Rock-a-by Baby: Feminim, Self-Help and Postpartum Depression; and coauthor with Leila J. Rupp of Survival in the Doldrums: The American Women's Rights Movement, 1945 to the 1960s and Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret. Her writings have appeared in numerous scholarly collections and journals such as Signs, Gender & Society, The American Sociological Review, Social Problems, Mobilization, and the Journal of Marriage and the Family.