About Elizabeth

Elizabeth Anne Wood is Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work and a SUNY Chancellors Award-winning Professor of Sociology at Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY. She is also Senior Strategist for Woodhull Freedom Foundation, the nation’s only human rights organization working full time to protect sexual freedom as a fundamental human right. She earned her Ph.D. at Brandeis University in 1999 for a study of gender, power, and social interaction in strip clubs, and has written critically about sexuality and society ever since.

Her first book, Bound: A Daughter, A Domme, and an End-of-Life Story, (She Writes Press, August 13, 2019) uses the transformative power of personal story-telling to expand the space for conversations between parents and their adult children, between caregivers and those who need them, and between health care providers and patients about the two things we still have such trouble discussing plainly: sex and death. These are not gratuitous conversations. The quality of life, and the quality of death, we can expect as we age depends on them.

Born on an Army base in Kentucky, she grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and now divides her time between Queens, New York and Jamaica Plain, Boston. She is a devoted fan of Amtrak, and an avowed cat person.

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