Research and Publications



Selected Publications (after  biomedical research in animal viruses)
Bonnie Spanier has published critiques of biological determinism of sex, race, and sexual differences.  Two co-authored papers appeared in Gender and the Science of Difference: Cultural Politics of Contemporary Science and Medicine, ed. Jill Fisher (Rutgers University Press, 2011):
    “Looking for Difference? Methodology Is in the Eye of the Beholder,” with Jessica D. Horowitz.
    “What Made Those Penguins Gay? Gender and Sexuality Politics in the Zoo,” with K. Smilla Ebeling.                                                                          

Originally published in NWSA Journal , 1995, “Biological Determinism and Homosexuality,” was reprinted in Same-Sex Cultures and Sexualities: An Anthropological Reader, ed. Jennifer Robertson (Blackwell Publishers, 2004). 
"What Made Ellen (and Anne) Gay? Feminist Critique of Popular and Scientific Beliefs," in  Marchessault and Sawchuck, eds. Wild Science: Feminist Readings of Science, Medicine, and the Media (Routledge, 2000).

Applying feminist critique to the field of molecular biology, Im/Partial Science: Gender Ideology in Molecular Biology (1995) was published in Indiana University Press’s series on Gender, Race, and Science.  The Journal of the American Medical Association’s review praised the analysis for its significance to physicians, scientists, and feminists.  Three selections from the book were reprinted in The Gender and Science Reader, eds, Muriel Lederman and Ingrid Bartsch (Routledge, 2001).      
                     

Educational content in science: "Transforming Science Curricula in Higher Education: Feminist Contributions," Science and Engineering Ethics, 6(2000), pp. 467-480.

               Extending feminist critique to the science and politics of breast cancer, I wrote the foreword to Gayle Sulik’s Pink Ribbon Blues: How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women’s Health (Oxford University Press, 2011).   www.pinkribbonblues.org.
               “Science and Politics of Breast Cancer Activism: The Power of Feminist Science Coupled with Evidence-Based Medicine,” appeared in Ethics-Gender-Medicine. Narrations of the Body in Political Reflection. International Women’s and Gender Studies in Lower Saxony, Volume 6, ed. Waltraud Ernst (LIT, 2010).
               "'Your Silence Will Not Protect You': Feminist Science Studies, Breast Cancer, and Activism," appeared in Mayberry, Subramanian, and Weasel, eds. Feminist Science Studies: A New Generation (Routledge, 2001).