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Cynthia Burack

Cynthia Burack

Cynthia Burack

Professor, Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Areas of Expertise

  • feminist political theory
  • political psychology


I work in the areas of feminist political theory and political psychology. 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


  • 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)

My publications include:

Cynthia Burack, "Where Liberty Reigns and God is Supreme: The Christian Right and the Tea Party Movement," New Political Science 34, 2 (2012): 172-190

Cynthia Burack, “God, Gays, and Good-Enough Enemies,” Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society 14, 1 (2009): 41-48

Cynthia Burack, “Compassion Campaigns and Antigay Politics: What Would Arendt Do?” Politics and Religion 2,1 (2009): 31-53

Cynthia Burack, “Just Deserts: Ayn Rand and the Christian Right” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture XIX (2008)

Cynthia Burack, “From Doom Town to Sin City: Chick Tracts and Antigay Politics,” New Political Science 28, 2 (2006): 163-179

Cynthia Burack and Jyl J. Josephson, “Origin Stories: Same-Sex Sexuality and Christian Right Politics,” Culture and Religion 6, 3 (2005): 369-392

Cynthia Burack and Suzanne E. Franks, “Telling Stories about Engineers: Group Dynamics and Resistance to Diversity,” NWSA Journal 16, 1 (2004): 79-95