Dr. Baunach earned her B.A. degree in Sociology from Duke University and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Baunach is one of the editors of "Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader" (W.W. Norton), now in its fourth edition. Her research interests focus primarily on inequalities by gender and sexuality. Dr. Baunach’s current research in these areas examines employment discrimination, attitudes and prejudices, bullying, and same-sex marriage. Other research examines death as an arena for discrimination and inequality. Dr. Baunach enjoys teaching courses in statistics, gender, sexuality, work, and on the sociology of food. She recently served as the Chair of the Sexual Behavior, Politics and Communities division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and is the Chair-Elect of the Sexualities section of the American Sociological Association.