Jean F. O'Barr

Jean F. O'Barr

University Distinguished Service Professor of the Practice Emeritus of Education

External address: 
213 West Duke Building, Durham, NC 27708-0760
Internal office address: 
Box 90739, Durham, NC 27708-0760
(919) 489-7879


Women's studies, Women and Education, Social Movements, Gender and Organizations, Contemporary American Feminism, Research Trips to Kenya, (July, 1982, March 1983). Field Research in Pare Mountains: 1967, 1972, 1981


  • Ph.D., Northwestern University 1970

Selected Grants

Women in Science: A Duke University Community Initiative awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1994

House Course for African-American Women awarded by Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1992

O’Barr, J. F., and Stephanie Shields. “The Women's Studies PhD: A Report.” Nwsa Journal, vol. 15, no. 1, Mar. 2003, pp. 118–31.

O’Barr, J. F. “Women's Studies Is Alive and Well.” National Council of Jewish Women Journal, vol. 24, no. 1, Mar. 2001, pp. 22–24.

O’Barr, J. F. “My Master List for the Millenium: Commissioned essay.” Signs: Journal of Women in Society and Culture (Special Issue), vol. 25, no. 4, July 2000, pp. 1205–08.

Bartlett, K., and J. O’Barr. “The Chilly Climate on College Campuses: An Expansion of the "Hate Speech" Debate.” Duke Law Journal, vol. 1990, 1990.

O’Barr, J. F. “Women's Studies and the Perkins Library System: A Working Partnership.” Duke University Libraries, vol. 3, no. 1, Oct. 1989, pp. 2–6.

O’Barr, J. F. “Feminist Issues in the Fiction of Kenya's Women authors.” African Literature Today, vol. 15, Jan. 1987, pp. 55–70.

O’Barr, J. F. “Reflections on Forum '85 in Kenya: Voices from the International Women's Studies Community.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, vol. 11, no. 3, Mar. 1986, pp. 589–609.

O’Barr, J. F. “The New Scholarship on Women: Stirring In or Stirring Up?Duke University Letters, Nov. 1983.

O’Barr, J. F., and Mark Tessler. “Participant Citizenship in Tunisia: Considering Gender.” Journal of Arab Affairs, vol. 2, no. 1, Jan. 1982, pp. 47–84.

O’Barr, J. F. “Funding Adult Counseling Programs.” The Forum for Continuing Education, July 1980.