Sandra Korn

Sandra Korn

A.B. '14 History and Science and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Assistant Editor, Duke University Press
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In my first semester at Harvard, I took a class with Dr. Sarah Richardson about our post-genomic society. The seminar inspired me to joint concentrate in WGS and History and Science. I wrote my thesis with Dr. Sheila Jasanoff (in the HKS program on Science, Technology, and Society) about the relationship between gender, science, and politics in the sociobiology controversy of the 1970s.

WGS gave me such a unique academic experience, from taking a small History of Sexuality seminar with the Matthiessen Visiting Professor, queer studies pioneer Henry Abelove; to attending the Duke Feminist Theory Workshop with a travel stipend. In WGS, undergrads got to work closely with professors who gave a lot of attention not only to our academic work, but also to our student organizing around workers' rights, sexual assault, and queer space on campus.

After graduation, I moved to Durham, North Carolina where I found a job in the book acquisitions department at Duke University Press, a scholarly press that publishes 140 scholarly books every year, along with feminist and queer studies journals from differences to Transgender Studies Quarterly. I'm now an Assistant Editor, focusing on religion books. I receive book proposals from authors, guide them through the peer review process, and present projects to our faculty board and to my coworkers in design, production, and marketing.

At Duke Press, I've gotten to work with so many of the feminist and science studies scholars I read and studied with in WGS. I'm so grateful that I've found a career where I use my WGS training every day, and I'd be glad to talk to any current students interested in scholarly publishing (or anyone writing a book!) - feel free to reach out to me at

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