Award Winners

FSSS Bullough Book Award Winners

The Bullough Award, founded in 2003, is given for the most distinguished book written for the professional sexological community published in a given year.

The winning book for 2003 is Homosexuality & Civilization, by Louis Crompton, PhD (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2003). The winning book for 2004 is The Long Sexual Revolution: English Women, Sex, and Contraception 1800-1975, by Hera Cook, PhD (Oxford University Press, 2004). The awards were announced on November 5, 2005 at the Atlanta conference of the Eastern & MidContinent Regions of SSSS. The awardees were formally recognized at the 47 th annual meeting of SSSS, November 9-12, 2006 in Las Vegas.

Louis Crompton is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Nebraska. Homosexuality & Civilization explores the rich and terrible past of same-sex love, setting the Christian West alongside the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, Arab Spain, imperial China, and pre-Meiji Japan. Dr. Crompton looks at homosexuality from a comparative and historical point of view, bringing together much recent scholarship into a comprehensive, detailed, and well-written book, accessible to both professional historians and interested readers of all backgrounds. The book is illustrated with numerous engravings and reproductions, some in color.

Hera Cook is Lecturer in History at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. The Long Sexual Revolution draws on newly revealed evidence to report how Victorian sexual restraint emerged to control high birth rates, which were placing physical and economic burdens upon women and, to a lesser extent, upon men. This intense restraint led to the profound sexual ignorance that has left a legacy of distress and inhibition still enduring today. Not until effective, safe contraception gradually appeared in the early 20 th century did controls over sexuality begin to relax, a long process culminating in the “sexual revolution” of the 1960s. Parallels with the United States are made throughout.

Elisabeth A. Lloyd has been named the winner of the 2006 Bonnie and Vern L. Bullough Book Award for her book entitled The Case of the Female Orgasm, published by Harvard University Press in 2005. An Honorable Mention was also awarded to Dagmar Herzog for her book, Sex After Fascism , published by Princeton University Press.

Bullough Book Award winners 2007 to Present

The winning book for 2007 is, The Science of Orgasm, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006 by Barry Komisaruk, Carlos Beyer-Flores, & Beverly Whipple. This unique book offers a thorough compilation of what modern science, from biomechanics to neurochemistry, knows about the secrets of orgasm. The three coauthors—neuroscientist Komisaruk, endocrinologist Beyers-Flores and sexuality researcher Whipple (coauthor of The G-Spot and Other Discoveries About Human Sexuality)—begin with a short overview of the role of hormones and the nervous system, as well as how the body changes during orgasm. Later chapters go into greater detail, describing the connection between the brain and genitals, and how various factors, from aging and physical condition to drugs, disorders and diseases, affect sexual response and orgasm.

The winning book for 2008 is Impotence: A cultural History, by Angus McLaren, (University of Chicago Press, 2007). McLaren shows how the concept of male sexual potency has changed; once seen mainly as a function of siring children, it is now regarded as an important component of a healthy emotional state. McLaren offers a dynamic survey of masculinity, perceptions of impotence, and the never-ending search for help with male sexual dysfunction. He starts with the Greek and Roman view of male potency, then moves to the understanding of impotence during the early Christian era, the Age of Reason, the 19th century, the Freudian era, and the rise of modem medical research as exemplified by the famous Kinsey and Masters and Johnson studies.

The winning book for 2009 is Criminal Intimacy: Prison and the Uneven History of Modern American Sexuality, University of Chicago Press, 2008, by Regina Kunzel. Sex is usually assumed to be a closely guarded secret of prison life. But it has long been the subject of intense scrutiny by both prison administrators and reformers—as well as a source of fascination and anxiety for the American public. Historically, sex behind bars has evoked radically different responses from professionals and the public alike. In Criminal Intimacy, Regina Kunzel tracks these varying interpretations and reveals their foundational influence on modern thinking about sexuality and identity.

The winning book for 2010 is Erotic City: Sexual Revolution and the Making of Modern San Francisco, Oxford University Press, 2009, by Josh Sides. Since the 1960s, San Francisco has been America’s capital of sexual libertinism and a potent symbol in its culture wars. In this highly original book, Josh Sides explains how this happened, unearthing long-forgotten stories of the city’s sexual revolutionaries, as well as the legions of longtime San Franciscans who tried to protect their vision of a moral metropolis.

There was no book selected for the 2011 award.

The winning book for 2012 is Gay, Straight, and The Reason Why:  The Science of Sexual Orientation, Oxford University Press, 2011, by Simon Levay.  “The book offers an excellent review of scientific research on the causes and correlates of sexual orientation.  It provides a clear and comprehensive summary of recent studies of sexual orientation.”

The winning book for 2013 is Intersexuality and the Law: Why Sex Matters, NYU Press January, 2012, by Julie A. Greenberg.
“A careful, concise, and accessible analysis of legal issues that bear on the lives of those born with atypical sex anatomies, and an essential guide for those who choose gender reassignment as adults. This will be an invaluable source not only for all those—children and adults with intersex conditions, transsexuals, and their advocates—who have a stake in these matters, but it will also be essential reading for those in the humanities and social sciences reckoning with the harms experienced by those whose bodies transgress sex and gender norms.”-Ellen Feder,author of Family Bonds: Genealogies of Race and Gender.

The winning book for 2014 is Sex and the Citadel:  Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World, Pantheon March, 2013 by Shereen El Feki.  Sex and the Citadel is full of dismal and upsetting stories of inhumanity and ignorance. It will appall, sadden and anger Western readers…. But, she dares to hope, it also augurs the rights to sexual privacy and liberty of erotic choices.

The winning book for 2015 is The Classification of Sex:  Alfred Kinsey and the Organization of Knowledge University of Pittsburgh Press July, 2014 by Donna J. Drucker.  In The Classification of Sex, Donna J. Drucker presents an original analysis of Kinsey’s scientific career in order to uncover the roots of his research methods. She describes how his enduring interest as an entomologist and biologist in the compilation and organization of mass data sets structured each of his classification projects.

The winning book for 2016 is The Boundaries of Desire:  Bad Laws, Good Sex, and Changing Identities Counterpoint Press 2015 by Eric Berkowitz.  Combining meticulous research and lively storytelling, The Boundaries of Desire traces the fast-moving bloodsport of sex laws over the past century, and challenges many of our most cherished notions about family, power, gender, and identity.

The winning book for 2017 is Not Straight, Not White, Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis, by Kevin Mumford, University of North Carolina Press, 2016. This compelling book recounts the history of black gay men from the 1950s to the 1990s, tracing how the major movements of the times—from civil rights to black power to gay liberation to AIDS activism—helped shape the cultural stigmas that surrounded race and homosexuality. In locating the rise of black gay identities in historical context, Kevin Mumford explores how activists, performers, and writers rebutted negative stereotypes and refused sexual objectification. Examining the lives of both famous and little-known black gay activists—from James Baldwin and Bayard Rustin to Joseph Beam.

The Ira and Harriet Reiss Theory Award

2006 SSSS Meeting: The Reiss Theory Award was presented for the Best Publication of 2005 to: Jeannette Norris, N. T. Masters, & T. Zawacki, “Cognitive Mediation of Women’s Sexual Decision Making: The Influence of Alcohol, Contextual Factors, and Background Variables,” Annual Review of Sex Research, 2004, Vol. 15,  pp.258-296.  (This publication first appeared in 2005 and so was eligible.)

2007 SSSS Meeting: The Reiss Theory Award was presented for the Best Publication of 2006 to: James V. Kohl, “The Mind’s Eyes: Human Pheromones, Neuroscience, and Male Sexual Preferences,” Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality,  2006, pp. 313-369.

2008 SSSS Meeting:: The Reiss Theory Award was presented for the Best Publication of 2007 to: Lisa M. Diamond, “A Dynamical Systems Approach to the Development and Expression of Female Same-Sex Sexuality,”   Perspectives on Psychological Science.  2007, Vol. 2, pp. 142-161.
Diamond’s talk was to be presented at this 2008 SSSS meeting in  Puerto Rico; however, Lisa Diamond was unable to attend.   Lisa Diamond was sent the award.   The runner up paper was presented at the meeting.

2009 SSSS Meeting: The Reiss Theory Award was presented for the Best Publication of 2007 to: Lisa M. Diamond, “A Dynamical Systems Approach to the Development and Expression of Female Same-Sex Sexuality,”   Perspectives on Psychological Science. Volume 2, 2007, pp. 142-161.

The reason that the 2007 award winner appears in both the 2008 and 2009 meetings is that the award committee decided that it would be less rushed if the winner of the award would present in the year following the announcement of the award, that is, two years after the publication year, instead of  one year after the publication year.   In order to make the transition to the new schedule,  the winner of the best 2007 publication (Lisa Diamond) would present in 2009 at the SSSS meeting.  Lisa had already received her award in 2008 but had missed that meeting.  This change gave her another chance to present.  However, fate struck again, and just before the 2009 SSSS meetings, she could not make the meeting.   There was no time to schedule a substitute talk.

2010 SSSS Meeting: The Reiss Theory Award was presented for the Best Publication of 2008 to: DeannaCarpenter, Erick Janssen, CynthiaGraham, Harriet Vorst, & JelteWicherts,“Women’s Scores on the Sexual Inhibition/Sexual Excitation Scales (SIS/SES): Gender Similarities and Differences”  Journal of Sex Research, 2008, Vol. 45, pp. 36-48.

2011 SSSS Meeting: The Reiss Theory Award was presented for the Best Publication of 2009 to: Richard A. Lippa, “Sex Differences in Sex Drive, Sociosexuality, and Height across 53 Nations: Testing Evolutionary and Social Structural Theories,”  Archives of Sexual Behavior, 2009,  Vol. 38, pp. 631-651.

2012 SSSS Meeting: The Reiss Theory Award was presented for the Best Publication of 2010 to: Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha, Sex At Dawn: How we Mate, Why we Stray, and What it Means for Modern Relationships,  NY: Harper Perennial, 2010.

2013 SSSS Meeting:  The Reiss Theory Award was presented for the Best Publication of 2011 to:  S.M.Van Anders,  K.L.Goldey,  P.X. Kuo, The steroid/peptide theory of social bonds: integrating testosterone and peptide responses for classifying social behavioral contexts Psychoneuroendocrinology 36 (9), 1265-1275.

2014 SSSS Meeting:  The Reiss Theory Award was presented for the Best Publication of 2012 to: Rachel Salk and Janet Hyde, Contemporary Genetics for Gender Researchers: Not your Grandma’s Genetics Any More, in Psychology of Women Quarterly, 2012.

2015 SSSS Meeting: The Reiss Theory Award was presented for the Best Publication of 2013 to:  Doug P. VanderLaan & Zhiyuan Ren & Paul L. Vasey, Male Androphilia in the Ancestral Environment:  An Ethnological Analysis, in Human Nature, 2013.

2016 SSSS Meeting:  The Reiss Theory Award was presented for the Best Publication of 2014 to:  Anthony F. Bogaert, PhD, Object of Desire Self-Consciousness Theory.

2018 SSSS Meeting:  The Reiss Theroy Award will be presented for the best Publication of 2016 to: Hsu, K.J., Rosenthal, A.M., Miller, D.I., & Bailey, J.M. (2016). Who are gynandromorphophlic men? Characterizing men with sexual interest in transgender women. Psychological Medicine, 46, 819-827.

Current Grants-in-Aid Awards for 2007 to Present

Jennifer Brosnan, Univ of Leicester (UK), “The contribution of Elizabeth Blackwell to the sex education movement, 1849-1910.”

Tinashe Dune, PhD, Univ of Western Sydney (AU), “Culture clash: An investigation of the constructions, understandings and experiences of sexual and reproductive health from the perspective of 1.5 generation migrants in Australia.”

Claire Kimberly, PhD, Univ of Southern Mississippi, “Understanding sexual self-disclosure.”

Abbie Goldberg, PhD, Clark University, Worcester, MA, “Lesbian, gay and heterosexual adoptive parents’ relationship quality.”

Mijal Luria, Seattle WA “Understanding unconsummated relationships.”

Mindy Blaise, Frankston, VIC, Australia “Exploring young children’s understandings of gender and sexuality.”

C. Lynn Carr, S. Orange, NJ “Sexuality and gender among Orisha worshipping ‘outsiders’.”

Victor de Munck, New Paltz, NY “Cultural models of great, good, ordinary, bad and horrible sex.”

Breanne Fahs, PhD, Glendale, AZ “Qualitative representations of repression and performance norms in a complex sexual climate.”

Lori Brotto, PhD, Univ of British Columbia, “Exploring acculturation and attitudes in Chinese womens’ reproductive health behaviors.”

Eric Buhl, PhD, Univ of South Florida, “Formation of on- and off- line sexual relationships: A research study of sexual health risks and college students’  experiences”

Katherine Kuvalanka, PhD, Dept of Fam Studies and Social Work, Miami Univ., Oxford, OH “Sexual and gender identity development among the “second generation:” LGBTQ youth with LGBTQ parents”

Sharon Ballard, PhD, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC “A qualitative investigation of the socio-cultural influences on sexual development”

Anthony Paik, PhD, Univ of Iowa “Studying courtship processes and partnership concurrency using couple data.”

Kahabi Isangula, MD, World Vision Tanzania-Lake Zone, “Assessment of attitudes and practices towards condoms for HIV prevention among Christians in Shinyanga, Tanzania.”

Rebecca Sheehan, PhD, Oklahoma State Univ., “Roller derby geographies of gender and sexuality”

Abbie E. Goldberg, PhD, Clark University, “Perspectives on marriage equality: Listening to the voices of youth and young adults with lesbian, gay, and bisexual parents”

Jill Gromer, MSW, Univ of the W Indies at Cave Hill, “Attitudes toward gay men and lesbians among Barbadian university students”

Joseph Brooks, PhD, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, London, UK, “Neural markers of attention capture by sexually-relevant stimuli.”

Rebecca DiBennardo, PhD, “Everyone counts: An applied empirical analysis of gay and lesbian couples in the 2000 United States census.”

Antony Karelis, PhD, “Sexual activity and energy expenditure:  A quantitative and qualitative approach”

Kristen Jozkowski, PhD, U. Arkansas, “Beyond the Dyad: when does consent to sex begin?”

Meredith W Kazer, PhD, Fairfield Univ(CT), “Validity and reliability of the geriatric sexuality inventory (GSI)”

Student Research Grant Award Winner Fall 2015

Christopher Baum Regulating Sex: Labor, Technology and the Shifting Politics of Adult Film Production in California.

List of Past Student Research Grant Award Winners

Jody Ahlm
Julie Hill
Heather Blunt
Brian Adams-Thies
Sherral E. Austin
Kimberly Balsam
Rom Birnbaum, Ph.D
Michael Brezsnyak
James M. Cantor
Elizabeth Clement
Terry D. Conley
Matthew R. D’Aprile
Lyndall Ellingson
Raymond Eno
Rhonda J. Factor
Diana M. Falkenbach
George A. Gaither
Merle E. Hamburger
Betty A. Harris
Jenny Higgins
Ronald K. Hougen
Stuart Adam Isralowitz
Val Marlie Johnson
Michael P. Kelly
Mary A. Koralewski
Kelli-an Lawrence
Ilsa L. Lottes
Nicole Merritt
Jonathan Mohr
Linda R. Mona
Patrick Sean Mulick
Gregory J. Murrey
Emily Nagoski
Michael Pisarick
Mary K. Roberts
Sharon Kay Rorbakken
Kirsten L. Rowe
Vince A. F. Salazar
Paul A. Schewe
Michael Shively
Cudore L. Snell
Kearsley Allison Stewart
K. Jod Taywaditep
Salvador Vidal-Ortiz
David Lee Warner
D. Scott Wilson