Associate Professor of Sociology
Office Location: 128 Howard Hall
Janet Wirth-Cauchon received her B.A. in anthropology from Western Michigan University and her Ph.D. in sociology from Boston College. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of feminist theory, gender studies, science studies, psychiatry and mental health, and cultural studies of new technologies. She is the author of Women and Borderline Personality Disorder: Symptoms and Stories (Rutgers University Press, 2001), a study of the gendered history of the borderline diagnosis in psychoanalysis and psychiatry.
She is currently investigating the turn to matter, biology, and affect in feminist theory and recently completed a chapter for the volume Mattering: Feminism, Science and Materialism (forthcoming, NYU Press). Her research experience includes positions as Research Analyst at the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, and Research Associate at the Five Colleges Women’s Studies Research Center in South Hadley, Massachusetts.