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Breanne Fahs

Breanne Fahs is Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University, where she specializes in studying women's sexuality, critical embodiment studies, feminist histories, and political activism. She has a B.A. in women's studies/gender studies and psychology from Occidental College and a Ph.D. in women's studies and clinical psychology from the University of Michigan. 

She has published widely in feminist, social science, and humanities journals and has authored six books: Performing Sex (SUNY Press, 2011), an analysis of the paradoxes of women's "sexual liberation," Valerie Solanas (Feminist Press, 2014), a biography of author/would-be assassin Valerie Solanas, Out for Blood (SUNY Press, 2016), a book of essays on menstrual activism and resistance, Firebrand Feminism (University of Washington Press, 2018), a book about radical feminist histories and their links to contemporary problems of sex, gender, and justice, Women, Sex, and Madness: Notes from the Edge (Routledge, 2019), a book of her essays about women's sexuality in the chaotic and "mad" context of contemporary sexual cultures, and Unshaved, a book about resistance and revolution in women’s body hair politics (University of Washington Press, 2022). 

She has also edited or co-edited four books: The Moral Panics of Sexuality (Palgrave, 2013), a collection that examines cultural anxieties of "scary sex," Transforming Contagion (Rutgers University Press, 2018), a collection about the dangers and subversive potential of contagion, The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies, an open-access field-defining collection of over 72 chapters on menstruation, and Burn it Down! Feminist Manifestos for the Revolution, a fiery collection of historical and contemporary feminist manifestos (Verso, 2020). She is currently at work on her newest book, Fat and Furious, about the necessity of rage as transformational to the emotional, structural, and political dimensions of fatness. 

She is the founder and director of the Feminist Research on Gender and Sexuality Group at Arizona State University, and she also works as a clinical psychologist in private practice.