Elizabeth Anne Wood is a sociologist and writer who is currently Acting Dean of Academic Affairs at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York, where she formerly chaired the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work and was recognized for her teaching with a SUNY Chancellors Award-winning. 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 lives in Queens, New York. When she isn’t writing, teaching, or strategizing you can catch her on the flying trapeze.