Wesleyan portrait of Victoria  Pitts-Taylor

Victoria Pitts-Taylor

Professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Allbritton Center, 220

Professor, Science in Society

Allbritton Center, 220

Professor, Sociology

Allbritton Center, 220


BA Ohio University
PHD Brandeis University

Victoria Pitts-Taylor

Victoria Pitts-Taylor studies how the body is understood and modified by medicine, science and culture. She is author of The Brain’s Body: Neuroscience and Corporeal Politics (Duke University Press, 2016), which won the Philosophy of Science Association's Women's Caucus Prize in Feminist Phiolosophy of Science. She is also author of In the Flesh: the Cultural Politics of Body Modification (2003, Palgrave Macmillan) and Surgery Junkies: Wellness and Pathology in Cosmetic Culture (2007, Rutgers University Press). She is the Editor of the two-volume Cultural Encyclopedia of the Body (2008, Greenwood Press), and Mattering: Feminism, Science, and Materialism (NYU Press, 2016). She is a past recipient of the American Sociological Association’s Advancement of the Discipline Award and a former co-editor of WSQ (Women's Studies Quarterly). She served as the first elected chair of the American Sociological Association's Section on the Body and Embodiment.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Fridays 10:30 am -12:30 pm


Spring 2019
FGSS 200 - 01
Sex/Gender CriticalPerspective

FGSS 321 - 01

Fall 2019
FGSS 209 - 01
Feminist Theories