Stephanie A. Sanders is senior scientist at the Kinsey Institute and provost professor of Gender Studies.
Her research, conducted in the United States and Scandinavia, addresses sexual behavior; sexuality, sexual identity, and gender relations; sex differentiation; gender difference in psychological and physical development; effects of prenatal hormones and drugs on human development; women's health and well-being, menstruation, menopause, and the life cycle; and biopsychological perspectives on debates in feminist theory.
Dr. Sanders began teaching Gender Studies courses in 1995. Her current research analyzes gendered dimensions of scientific research methodologies; the effects of oral contraceptives on sexuality and well-being in women; sexual behavior and risk for sexually transmitted diseases; and the long-term behavioral effects of prenatal exposure to drugs and hormones.
Twice appointed as interim director of the Kinsey Institute (first from 1993–95 and again in 2014), Dr. Sanders also held the position of associate director. She recently served as President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and has been a co-principal investigator on research grants from such agencies as the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.