Elizabeth Anne Wood
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. Dr. Wood uses the transformative power of personal story-telling to expand the conversations between parents and their adult children, between caregivers and those who need them, and between health care providers and patients about the things we still have trouble discussing plainly: sex and death. She does not view it as gratuitous conversation; the quality of life, the quality of death, we can expect as we age depends on them.