B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College
M.P.A., University of Baltimore
Ph.D., University of Maryland College Park
Jyl Josephson is Associate Professor of Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Newark campus. From 2004- 2008, she served as Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Rutgers-Newark. She spent the spring 2011 semester at the University of Iceland as a Fulbright lecturing scholar, affiliated with the Center for Women’s and Gender Research (RIKK), and taught a course on the politics of sexuality. She has written on gender, sexuality, and public policy, primarily in the context of U.S. social policy. She has published books on child support policy, and on gender and American politics. Her work has also been published in journals such as Women and Politics, Journal of Poverty, Politics and Gender, and Perspectives on Politics.
Awards, Fellowships, and Grants
- Fulbright Lecturing Scholar, University of Iceland, 2011
(You can read about Professor Josephson's travels to Iceland here.)
- Gender, Families, and State: Child Support Policy in the United States, 1997, Rowman & Littlefield.
- Fundamental Differences: Feminists Talk Back to Social Conservatism, 2003, co-edited with Cynthia Burack, Rowman & Littlefield.
Selected Articles (Refereed Journals):
- “Romantic Weddings, Diverse Families,” 2010, Politics and Gender, 6(1) 128-134.
- “Promoting Freedom from Poverty: Political Mobilization and the Role of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union”, 2006, co-authored with Diana Zoelle, Feminist Review, 82 (1) 6-26.
- “Origin Stories: Same-Sex Sexuality and Christian Right Politics,” 2005, co-authored with Cynthia Burack, Culture and Religion, 6 (3) 369-392.
- “Citizenship, Same-Sex Marriage, and Feminist Critiques of Marriage,” 2005, Perspectives on Politics, 3(2) 269-284.
- “Countering homophobia in schools,” 2004, with Paula Ressler, English Journal, 93 (6) 99-102.
Available Conference Papers:
- American Political Theory
- Modern Political Theory
- LGBT Politics
- Feminist Research Methods
- Politics of Sexuality