Susan Rebecca Bordo

University of Kentucky
Humanities and Arts
Literature and Language Studies

Susan Bordo is professor emerita in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies and Otis A. Singletary Chair in the Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky. She is the author of numerous books, including The Flight to Objectivity: Essays on Cartesianism and CultureUnbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body, The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen, and The Destruction of Hillary Clinton. She is the editor of Feminist Interpretations of Descartes and co-editor (with Alison Jaggar) of Gender/ Body/ Knowledge: Feminist Reconstructions of Being and Knowing and Provocations: A Transnational Reader in the History of Feminist Thought (with Ellen Rosenman and Cristina Alcalde).

Her work has been translated into many languages and many chapters have been re-printed in collections and writing textbooks. The Flight to Objectivity is considered a classic of feminist philosophy. Unbearable Weight, one of the first books to draw attention to the profound role of cultural images in the spread of eating problems across race and class, is widely cited, anthologized and used in courses throughout the disciplines. The Male Body: A New Look at Men in Public and Private brought a woman’s perspective to the then-emerging field of masculinity studies, and has been hailed by men as one of the most sympathetic feminist accounts of their insecurities. The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen challenges the ill-founded narratives and stereotypes that have dominated literary and historical accounts of Boleyn’s life. The Destruction of Hillary Clinton remains the only account of 2016 and its aftermath that examines all the elements of the perfect storm—including the role of the mainstream media—that led to the elevation of Donald Trump and Trumpism. Her website is

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