Jean O’Barr

047609_2001_obarr_jean021Now retired, Jean O’Barr founded and led the Duke University Women’s Studies Program for two decades. She is a premier feminist thinker, educator, and activist, and an author of many books, including Women Imagine Change and Feminism in Action, and is a former editor in chief of SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.

A record of O’Barr’s personal and professional journey—one that paralleled transforming_knowledgethe growth of the women’s movement and the development of women’s studies—Transforming Knowledge reflects the belief that women’s studies is as much about institutional change as it is about content. The first section provides an overview of the conceptual frameworks O’Barr developed to analyze institutions and their hesitancy to embrace change; the second describes how she created feminist change and found the frameworks for explaining it to others; and the third is retrospective in tone, reflecting on lessons learned over four decades of doing this work.