Joan Jacobs Brumberg

Joan Brumberg is a Professor Emerita at Cornell University and lectures and writes about the experiences of adolescents through history until the present day.

  • Joan Jacobs Brumberg is a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow and Professor at Cornell where she has been teaching history, human development and gender studies since 1979.
  • Best known for her books on the history of girls and their mental health.
  • Brumberg received her B.A. from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia. At Cornell, she teaches courses on the history of American women, childhood, and medicine.
  • Brumberg has been a guest on The Oprah Show, Today, and other national media outlets; she has written for The New York Times, The Nation, The LA Times and the Washington Post.


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First, Carol Gilligan identified the moment when girls in our culture lose their authentic voice and self-confidence. Next Mary Pipher explored the psychological reality of female adolescence...Now Brumberg has filled in the blank, saying that a girl's relationship to her body is 'at the heart of the crisis of confidence.'

- EG, Boston Globe