Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, in collaboration with Sabanci University Gender and Women's Studies Center, hosted Rebecca Jordan- Young, Chair of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Columbia University, at a roundtable meeting on March 4, 2017.
The roundtable brought together a diverse group of medical practitioners, experts, and academics engaged with sex, gender and medical sciences form Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boğaziçi University, Sabancı University, Hacettepe University, Koç University, Kadir Has University, Başkent University, Istanbul University and Işık University as well as independent researchers.
Professor Jordan-Young is a sociomedical scientist whose research includes social epidemiology studies of HIV/AIDS, and evaluation of biological work on sex, gender and sexuality. Prior to joining the faculty at Barnard College, she was a Principal Investigator and Deputy Director of the Social Theory Core at the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research of the National Development and Research Institutes, Inc., and has been a Health Disparities Scholar sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. She is currently involved in crafting some frameworks for how we might think about sex, gender, and health in ways that are not already ideologically tethered to either the principle of sex difference or the principle of sex sameness, and that take the social world seriously as having biological effects (instead of just presuming that any male-female differences we see are "probably" due to chromosome or hormone effects).