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Martha McCaughey is Professor of Sociology at Appalachian State University, one of the 16 campuses of the University of North Carolina. After leaving a tenured position at Virginia Tech--where she was affiliated with the faculty in Interdisciplinary Studies, Women’s Studies, Sociology, and Science & Technology Studies--she joined Appalachian State as an Associate Professor in 2003.

McCaughey is the author of several books and articles concerning the intersections between gender, sexuality, science, technology, social movements, and the media. She has given several keynote addresses on her work and has done many newspaper, radio, television, and Internet interviews about her work.

She is currently writing a book called Sexy Knowledge, an autobiographical account of the tensions in women’s studies. She is also writing, with Neva Specht, Greater Expectations, a study of women’s changing expectations and experiences of male co-parents.

In addition to writing and speaking about her work, McCaughey teaches courses on new information and communication technologies, cyberliberties, gender and society, sexuality and the body, women in academe, and other topics. She serves on graduate students’ thesis and dissertation committees, reviews articles for journals and academic presses, and attends conferences. She recently completed a three-year term as the Book Review Editor for the premiere journal in she sociology of gender, Gender & Society and a decade of program administration in women’s studies. She is immediate Past President of the North Carolina American Association of University Professors and current Vice President of its Appalachian State Chapter.