Sex educator, author, research and activist Emily Nagoski is the author of the New York Times bestseller, COME AS YOU ARE: the surprising new science that will transform your sex life. She has a Ph.D. in Health Behavior with a doctoral concentration in human sexuality from Indiana University (IU), and a Master’s degree (also from IU) in Counseling, with a clinical internship at the Kinsey Institute Sexual Health Clinic. She also has a B.A. in Psychology, with minors in cognitive science and philosophy, from the University of Delaware.
While at IU, Emily worked as an educator and docent at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex Gender and Reproduction. She also taught graduate and undergraduate classes in human sexuality, relationships and communication, stress management, and sex education.
She is the author of three guides for Ian Kerner’s GoodInBed.com: The Good in Bed Guide to Orally Pleasuring a Man, The Good in Bed Guide to Female Orgasms, and A Scientific Guide to Successful Relationships, and Come as You Are, which appeared on a dozen “best of” lists for 2015.
Emily speaks at colleges and universities, professional conferences and trainings, feminist retail venues, and more, including TEDxUniversityofNevada and Chicago Ideas Week. She’s regularly interviewed in the media, including such varied outlets as NPR, the Melissa Harris Perry Show, Glamour, and Playboy. She regularly presents at professional and academic conferences, sex educator trainings, and inservices for mental health and medical providers, teaching both the science of sex and evidence-based strategies for communicating the science of sex to lay people.
With extensive training beyond her degrees, Emily brings a trauma-informed, intersectional social justice lens to the science of sex and inclusive – trans-inclusive, anti-racist, aware of class, ability, et cetera – language to her work as an educator, with an emphasis on welcoming those with privilege to the work of social change.
A sex nerd among sex nerds, Emily has the lowest Erdős number of any sex educator in the world. She lives in western Massachusetts with two dogs, two cats, and a cartoonist.
Read Emily’s curriculum vita here. (PDF)
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