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Jennifer Pollitt

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Dr. Jennifer L. Pollitt is a sexuality educator, researcher, author and activist. In addition to teaching Human Sexuality & Gender at Temple University, she lectures and facilitates workshops for both academic and professional audiences, including most recently for Doctor Radio, Stanford University and for Women in Tech. Her work focuses on erotic and sexual agency; LGBTQIA civil rights; reproductive rights; the intersection of sex, law and policy; gender equality; and popular culture and its role as the most influential source of informal sex education in American society. She is currently co-editing the second edition of the seminal textbook for college and graduate courses in the study of sex, “Sexual Lives: A reader on the theories and realities of human sexualities” (in process, Routledge).

Dr. Pollitt has also developed comprehensive sexuality education curricula for the University of Sciences, the American Medical Student Association and Princeton University. Her pedagogical approach is uniquely tailored to convey foundational and advanced issues in sex, gender and politics to diverse audiences. In the classroom and in all presentations and workshops, she cultivates a respectful and judgment-free environment that enables students and participants of all backgrounds to discuss topics which are often sensitive and controversial. The overarching goal in all of Dr. Pollitt’s work is to help people find their own voices and join the discourse around civil rights, class systems and social positionality.

Dr. Pollitt received her Ph.D. in Human Sexuality and Masters in Education from Widener University, where she was inducted into Gamma Eta Rho, the National Honor Society in Human Sexuality. She is also an active member of the Philadelphia Leadership Council of Lambda Legal, the nation’s oldest and largest legal advocacy group fighting for the civil rights of LGBT individuals and those living with HIV.

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