Susan Bordo is Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and holds the Otis A. Singletary Chair in the Humanities at the University of Kentucky. Her books and articles on women, men, body image, cultural history, and contemporary media are read throughout the world. Her work has been translated into many languages, and individual chapters, many of which are considered paradigms of lucid writing, are frequently re-printed in collections and writing textbooks.
Unbearable Weight, a University of California Press best seller and the first book to draw attention to the profound role of cultural images in the spread of eating problems across race and class, is widely cited, discussed, anthologized and used in courses throughout the disciplines. Named a Notable Book of 1993 by the New York Times and described in the Times as a “feminist classic,” it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and received a Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women In Psychology. Columnist Katha Pollitt named it one of the five best books in Gender and Women's Studies of 1993. The Male Body: A New Look at Men in Public and in Private (1999,) one of the first in the then-emerging field of masculinity studies, and hailed by many men as one of the most sympathetic feminist accounts of their insecurities, was featured in Mademoiselle, Elle, Vanity Fair, NPR, and MSNBC.
Bordo’s most recent book, The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April 2013 to critical acclaim. In it, Bordo draws on historical scholarship and cultural studies to probe the complexities and challenge the mythology surrounding Anne Boleyn’s life and afterlife, exploring how generations of polemicists, biographers, novelists, and filmmakers imagined and re-imagined Anne: whore, martyr, cautionary tale, proto "mean girl," feminist icon, and everything in between.
Bordo is currently working on a book about Hillary Clinton and frequently blogs on Huffington Post and other Internet sites. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband Edward, 17 year-old daughter Cassie, three dogs, a cat, and two cockatiels.