Lorna Bracewell

Lorna Bracewell

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Coordinator, Associate Professor

Dr. Lorna Bracewell is a political theorist, associate professor of political science, and program coordinator for women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Flagler College. 

Her scholarship focuses on feminist theory and the history of political thought and has been published in academic journals like Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and Contemporary Political Theory and popular forums like The Washington Post and Boston Review. Her book, "Why We Lost the Sex Wars: Sexual Freedom in the #MeToo Era" (University of Minnesota Press, March 2021), offers a revisionist history of the feminist sexuality debates of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, foregrounding the influence of liberal concepts such as freedom of expression, the public/private divide, and the harm principle.



Entry on “Liberation Ideologies” for the Cambridge Dictionary of Political Thought (Forthcoming 2024).

“A Story of Queer Survival.” Invited contribution to Ideals and Ideologies: A Reader, 12th edition. (Forthcoming 2024).

“This is a work for the mothers": Strategic Maternalism against the Far Right” with co-author Anna Daily. (Forthcoming in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 50th anniversary “Big Feminisms” special issue Summer 2024).

“Freedom’s High Ground.” Boston Review. (December 2023).

Review essay on "Citizenship on the Edge: Sex/Gender/Race" (eds. Nancy Hirschman and Deborah Thomas) and Paisley Currah’s "Sex Is As Sex Does: Governing Transgender Identity" for the journal Perspectives on Politics. (June 2023).

“Feminist Sexual Futures.” A critical exchange with Judith Grant, Lori Marso, and Jocelyn Boryczka for Contemporary Political Theory. (March 2023).

“Trans Feminism or No Feminism at All.” Clio and the Contemporary. (June 2022).

“Stop Fighting the Sex Wars and Start Studying Them.” Contribution to Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society’s series “Short Takes: Provocations on public feminism” on Amia Srinivasan’s "The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century" (December 2021).

"Why We Lost the Sex Wars: Sexual Freedom in the #MeToo Era." University of Minnesota Press. (March 2021).

“Gender, Populism, and the QAnon Conspiracy Movement.” Frontiers of Sociology. (January 2021).

Book Review. "Insurgent Truth: Chelsea Manning and the Politics of Outsider Truth-Telling." By Lida Maxwell. Theory & Event. (October 2020).

“Gender and Social Theory in the Thought of Mary Wollstonecraft.” The Wollstonecraftian Mind. (Fall 2019).

“Sex Wars, Slut Walks, and Carceral Feminism.” Contemporary Political Theory. (Fall 2019).

Book Review. "Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter?" by Heath Fogg Davis. Perspectives on Politics. (September 2018).

Book Review. "Justifying Same-Sex Marriage: A Philosophical Investigation" by Louise Richardson-Self. Politics & Gender. (September 2017).

“Beyond Barnard: Liberalism, Antipornography Feminism, and the Sex Wars.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. (Autumn 2016).

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Feminist and queer theory; Politics and history of gender and sexuality


Ph.D., University of Florida, Political Science

Graduate Certificate, University of Florida, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Office Hours (On Campus)

  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. - noon
  • Friday: 10 a.m. - noon