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Harry Brod

Harry Brod (February 1, 1951 – June 16, 2017) was a professor of sociology at University of Northern Iowa.[1]

Harry Brod
Born(1951-02-01)February 1, 1951
DiedJune 16, 2017(2017-06-16) (aged 66)
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of California, San Diego
ThesisHegel's philosophy of politics (1981)
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Northern Iowa
Main interestsMen's studies, men's movement



He held a PhD in Philosophy, 1981, from the University of California, San Diego.[2]

Men's studiesEdit

Brod was one of the first academics to specialize in men's studies. Brod became interested in the men's movement in the mid-1960s, as he thought about society's expectations of individuals based on their gender.

About 1980, while working on his doctorate at the University of California, San Diego, Brod attended a weekend retreat called the California Men's Gathering. While eating breakfast, he witnessed an argument between two men. One man complained that the discussions were not sufficiently focused on women's issues. The other man said the retreat was about men's emotional and personal needs, and that men should not feel guilty about their power and position in society. After listening to the arguments, Brod decided to devote much of his life to "showing people that damage to men's psyches is the result of the power we have over everyone else."[3]

Kenyon CollegeEdit

Brod was hired as interim director of the new Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Kenyon College in the early 1990s. Despite being assured during the hiring process that his gender was not an issue, the appointment of a man was very controversial.[4]


  • Brod, Harry (1992). Hegel's philosophy of politics: idealism, identity, and modernity. Boulder: Westview Press. ISBN 9780813383170.
  • Brod, Harry (2012). Superman is Jewish? : how comic book superheroes came to serve truth, justice, and the Jewish-American way. New York: Free Press. ISBN 9781416595304.
  • Brod, Harry, ed. (2014). The making of masculinities: the new men's studies. London New York, NY: Routledge. ISBN 9781138828292.
  • Brod, Harry, ed. (1988). A Mensch among men: explorations in Jewish masculinity. Freedom, CA: Crossing Press. ISBN 9780895942654.
  • Brod, Harry; Kaufman, Michael, eds. (1994). Theorizing masculinities. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications. ISBN 9780803949041.
  • Brod, Harry; Zevit, Shawn, eds. (2010). Brother keepers: new perspectives on Jewish masculinity. Harriman, Tennessee: Men's Studies Press. ISBN 9781931342278.
Book chapters


  1. ^ "Cherished UNI professor passes away". The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.
  2. ^ "Harry Brod". University of Northern Iowa. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  3. ^ Hibsch Coppess, Marcia (August 12, 1987). "Lonely Expert on a New Frontier . . . Men's Studies". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Kluge, P.F. Alma Mater: A College Homecoming. Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley Pub. Co. ISBN 9780962325014. ...the man Kenyon hired as acting director of its Women’s and Gender Studies Department.

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