Alexandra Minna Stern is a Professor of American Culture at the University of Michigan and holds appointments in the Departments of History, Women’s Studies, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Currently she directs the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and co-directs the Reproductive Justice Faculty Program based at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.
In this talk Dr. Stern shares preliminary research related to her new book project on the genesis and ramifications of the “gay gene,” which, despite not existing, was “discovered” in 1993 by a geneticist, and soon undergirded political debates about LGBT rights. Right now she is tracing the genetics (esp. twin studies), and is interested in how the “gay gene” becomes a legible and contested scientific construct in the 1990’s.