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Steven Rhoads, Ph.D.


Steven Rhoads has taught public policy in the politics department at the University of Virginia for over thirty five years. He received his A.B. degree cum laude from Princeton University in 1961 and an MPA degree cum laude from Cornell University in 1965. He received the Ph.D. from Cornell with a concentration in American government and political theory in 1972. He is the recipient of Bradley, Earhart, Olin, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Sloan Foundation fellowships.

In addition to his publications in professional journals, Rhoads’ essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Public Interest among other outlets. He has discussed sex differences and their implications on the Today Show, PBS, NPR and many commercial radio shows

For the last 20 years, Professor Rhoads has focused his studies on sex differences and their importance for an understanding of many contemporary cultural, gender and policy issues. His book, Taking Sex Differences Seriously (Encounter Books: 2004; Italian translation 2006; web site:, reflects these interests, as does Incomparable Worth: Pay Equity Meets the Market (Cambridge University Press: 1993). Earlier in his career Rhoads wrote on political economy and his The Economist’s View of the World: Government, Markets and Public Policy (Cambridge University Press, 1985) was translated into Spanish and Chinese. The Chinese version of the book was selected as one of the ten best books of the year by the China Times.

Dr. Rhoads was the principal investigator for a large grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to study work-family issues faced by tenure track assistant professors with infants or toddlers. That research forms the basis for Chapter One of Taking Sex Differences Seriously.

Professor Rhoads’ current teaching and research interests center on sex differences with regard to sex itself, nurturing the young, aggression, competition, communication, and cognition and on how these differences are reflected in dating, sports, marriage, parenting and the workplace. He is contemplating a book on different forms of dating/mating and believes that the sexual revolution in the West helps explain infantile males, depressive females, late marriage, fatherless families, low birth rates, the social security crisis and much else.

Topics of Expertise

  • Taking Sex Differences Seriously

Contact Dr. Rhoads at , or by phone:

  • University of Virginia: 434-924-7866
  • Home Phone Number: 434-973-4879
  • Cell Phone Number: 434-996-1510


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