Verta Taylor is Professor and Chair of Sociology and affiliated faculty member in Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She teaches courses on gender and sexuality, feminism, and social movements and has won numerous teaching awards, including the Ohio State University Distinguished Teaching Award, a Multicultural Teaching Award from the Office of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Student Services, and a University Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award. Taylor is the author of 15 books and edited volumes and over 100 scholarly articles. Her books include Rock-a-by Baby: Feminism, Self-Help and Postpartum Depression, coauthor of Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret, and Survival in the Doldrums: The American Women's Rights Movement, 1945 to the 1960s; and eight editions of Feminist Frontiers. Taylor’s scholarship has been recognized by numerous awards: Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret received the 2005 Distinguished Book Award from the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association. In recognition of her lifetime of scholarship on women, Taylor was the 2011 recipient of the American Sociological Association’s Jessie Bernard Award, and she has been honored by Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) with its Mentoring Award and the Feminist Lectureship Award. In 2008, she also received the John D. McCarthy Lifetime Achievement Award for her scholarship on social movements and the Simon and Gagnon Award for her career of scholarship in sexualities.