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Peer-reviewed journal articles published

  1. J.F. O'Barr. "The Movement to Establish Women's Studies." Encyclopedia of Social Movements 2 (2004): 415-421.
  2. O'Barr, JF; Shields, S. "The Women's Studies PhD: A Report." Nwsa Journal 15.1 (Spring, 2003): 118-131.
  3. J.F. O'Barr. "Women's Studies." Encyclopedia of Higher Education second edition (2003): 2688-2691.
  4. O'Barr, JF. "Women's Studies Is Alive and Well." National Council of Jewish Women Journal 24.1 (Spring, 2001): 22-24.
  5. O'Barr, JF. "My Master List for the Millenium: Commissioned essay." Signs: Journal of Women in Society and Culture (Special Issue) 25.4 (Summer, 2000): 1205-1208. (Reprinted in Judith Howard and Carolyn Allen, eds. Feminisms at a Millenium (Chicago: University of Chicago) 2001, 202-204.)
  6. J.F. O'Barr. "Legitimacy Maintenance: The Politics of Women's Studies." Feminist Critical Policy Analysis: A Perspective from Post-Secondary Education Volume 2 (1997).
  7. J.F. O'Barr and Kathryn Firmin-Sellers. "African Women in Politics." African Women South of the Sahara all new chapter, revised edition (January, 1995).
  8. J.F. O'Barr. "Women's Studies Programs." The Oxford Companion of Women's Writings in the United States (1995).
  9. J.F. O'Barr. "Exclusions and the Process of Empowerment: The Case for Feminist Scholarship." Challenging Times: The Women's Movement in Canada and the United States (1992).
  10. J.F. O'Barr. "Foreword." Directory of Women's Studies Programs and Library Resources (1990).
  11. Bartlett, K; O'Barr, J. "The Chilly Climate on College Campuses: An Expansion of the "Hate Speech" Debate." Duke Law Journal 1990.3 (1990): 574.
  12. O'Barr, JF. "Women's Studies and the Perkins Library System: A Working Partnership." Duke University Libraries 3.1 (Fall, 1989): 2-6.
  13. J.F. O'Barr. "Re entry Women in Academy: The Contributions of a Feminist Perspective." Educating the Majority: How Women are Changing Higher Education (1989).
  14. J.F. O'Barr. "Evaluating Courses for Inclusion of New Scholarship on Women." Project on the Status and Education of Women (1988).
  15. O'Barr, JF. "Feminist Issues in the Fiction of Kenya's Women authors." African Literature Today 15 (January, 1987): 55-70.
  16. O'Barr, JF. "Reflections on Forum '85 in Kenya: Voices from the International Women's Studies Community." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 11.3 (Spring, 1986): 589-609.
  17. J.F. O'Barr. "Power in Gender Relationships: The Case of Kenyan Novels by Women Authors." Language and Power (1984).
  18. J.F. O'Barr. "African Women in Politics." African Women South of the Sahara first edition (1984).
  19. J.F. O'Barr. "Women and the University." University of Michigan Center for Continuing Education for Women Conference Report (1984).
  20. O'Barr, JF. "The New Scholarship on Women: Stirring In or Stirring Up?." Duke University Letters (November, 1983).
  21. O'Barr, JF; Tessler, M. "Participant Citizenship in Tunisia: Considering Gender." Journal of Arab Affairs 2.1 (January, 1982): 47-84. (Reprinted in Tawfic Farah, ed., Political Behavior in the Arab States (Boulder: Westview Press) 1983)
  22. J.F. O'Barr. "Continuing Education and Older Adults." National Institute on Aging's National Research Planning Panel (1981). (Reprinted in Joseph Teaff, Leisure Services with the Elderly, St. Louis: C. V. Mosley Co)
  23. O'Barr, JF. "Funding Adult Counseling Programs." The Forum for Continuing Education (Summer, 1980).
  24. O'Barr, JF. "Women in Higher Education: Agenda for the '80s." Comment 1980 (June, 1980).
  25. O'Barr, JF. "Dual Careers at Duke: Conference Programming on a Popular but-Little Understood Topic." The Forum for Continuing Education (Spring, 1980).
  26. O'Barr, JF. "Continuing Education and the Older Learner: A Program Development Model Based on Duke University's Institute for Learning in Retirement." Advances in Research 3 (1979): 1-12.
  27. O'Barr, JF. "Dual Careers for Faculty and Family: Can Both Prosper?." American Association of Higher Education Bulletin 32 (1979). (Reprinted in Anthropology Newsletter, AAA, 2l, pp. 16, 12 13)
  28. O'Barr, JF. "Peer Teaching." Generations: Journal of the Western Gerontological Society 3 (1978): 10-11.
  29. J.F. O'Barr. ""Tanzania" and "Uganda"." Encyclopedia Americana Yearbook (1977).
  30. O'Barr, JF. "Support for the Adult Student." Adult Leadership 25 (1976).
  31. O'Barr, JF. "Pare Women: A Case of Political Involvement." Rural Africana 29 (1976): 121-134.
  32. O'Barr, JF. "Making the Invisible Visible: African Women in Politics and Policy." African Studies Review 18.3 (1975): 19-27. [doi]
  33. J.F. O'Barr. "The Study of Political Participation in Rural Africa." Survey Research in Africa (1973).
  34. O'Barr, JF. "The Role of the Ten-House Cell Leader in Tanzania." Geneva Africa 10 (1972): 1-16.
  35. O'Barr, JF. "Cell Leaders in Tanzania: Implications of a New Level in Political Administration." African Studies Review 15 (1972): 437-466.
  36. O'Barr, JF. "Report on Changes in Tanzanian Rural Society and Their Relevance for Development Planning." Rural Africana 13 (1971): 43-49.


  1. J.F. O'Barr with Eugenia DeLamotte and Natania Meeker. Women Imagine Change: A Global Anthology of Women's Resistence from 600 BCE to Present. New York: Routledge, 1997.
  2. J.F. O'Barr, with Nancy Hewitt and Nanvy Rosebaugh, eds.. Talking Gender: Public Images, Personal Journeys, and Political Critiques. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina, 1996.
  3. J.F. O'Barr. Feminism in Action: Building Institutions and Community Through Women's Studies. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina, 1994.
  4. J.F. O'Barr with Robert H. Yates and Valentin Y. Mudimbe, eds.. Africa and the Disciplines: Contributions of the Study of Africa to the Humanities and Social Sciences. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1993.
  5. J.F. O'Barr and Mary Wyer, eds.. Engaging Feminism: Students Speak Up and Speak Out. Charlottesville, Va: University of Virginia, 1992.
  6. J.F. O'Barr with Deborah Pope and Mary Wyer, eds.. Ties That Bind: Essays on Mothering and Patriarchy. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1990.
  7. J.F. O'Barr with Micheline Malson, Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi, and Mary Wyer, eds.. Black Women in America: Social Science Perspectives. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, January, 1989. (collection of social science articles from SIGNS, reprinted 1991)
  8. J.F. O'Barr with Judith Bennett, Elizabeth Clark, Anne Vilen, and Sarah Westphal-Wihl, eds.. Sisters and Workers in the Middle Ages. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1989.
  9. J.F. O'Barr with Micheline Malson, Sarah Westphal-Wihl, and Mary Wyer. Feminist Theory in Practice and Process. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1989.
  10. J.F. O'Barr, ed.. Women and A New Academy: Gender and Cultural Contexts. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin, 1989.
  11. J.F. O'Barr with Elizabeth Minnich and Rachel Rosenfeld, eds.. Reconstructing the Academy: Women's Education and Women's Studies. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1988.
  12. J.F. O'Barr and Sandra Harding, eds.. Sex and Scientific Inquiry. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1987.
  13. J.F. O'Barr and Muthoni Likimani, eds.. Passbook Number #F.47927: Women and the Mau Mau in Kenya. London: Macmillan and New York: Praeger, 1985.
  14. J.F. O'Barr, ed.. Perspectives on Power: Women in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Durham: Duke University International Studies Program, 1982.
  15. J.F. O'Barr. Third World Women: Factors in Their Changing Status. Durham: Duke University Comparative Area Studies Program, 1976.
  16. J.F. O'Barr, ed.. Language and Politics. The Hague: Mouton, 1976.
  17. J.F. O'Barr and Johannes Mlela. Shindano: Swahili Essays and Other Stories. Syracuse: Program of Eastern African Studies, 1971.

Book chapters

  1. J.F. O'Barr. "Naming, Sharing, Speaking: Teaching in Midlife." Wise Women: Reflections of Teachers at Mid-Life. Ed. Phyllis Freeman and Jan Scmidt, eds.. Routledge, February, 2000. 210-231.

Book reviews

  1. J.F. O'Barr. Catching a Wave.  Among Friends 7.1 (Fall 2006): p. 2.
  2. J.F. O'Barr. Doing Women's Studies.  SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 32.1 (Autumn 2006): 285-288.
  3. J.F. O'Barr. Women's Studies for the Future and Doing Women's Studies.  SIGNS forthcoming (2005).
  4. J.F. O'Barr. Sarah Dunant, The Birth of Venus.  Among Friends 4, 2 (Spring 2004).
  5. J.F. O'Barr. Elizabeth Berg, The Art of Mending.  Among Friends 52 (Spring 2005).
  6. J.F. O'Barr. Erik Larsen, The Devil and the White City.  Among Friends vol. 5, no. 1 (Fall, 2004).
  7. J.F. O'Barr. Sarah Durant, The Birth of Venus.  Among Friends 4.2 (Spring, 2004): 2.
  8. J.F. O'Barr. Jane Hamilton, Disobedience.  Among Friends 4.1 (Winter, 2004).
  9. J.F. O'Barr. Carol Shields,The Stone Diaries and Unless: A Novel.  Among Friends 3.2 (Spring 2003): 2.
  10. J.F. O'Barr. Brenda Denzler, The Lure of the Edge: Scientific Passions, Religious Beliefs, and the Pursuit of UFOs.  Among Friends 2.2 (2002).
  11. J.F. O'Barr. 2001 Blanche Cooke, Eleanor, Volumes I and II, and Allida M Black, Courage in a Dangerous World.  National Women’s Studies Journal 13.3 (2001): 199-203.
  12. J.F. O'Barr. Ruth Rosen, The World Split Open.  Among Friends 9.1 (2001).
  13. J.F. O'Barr. Barbara Risman, Gender Vertigo: American Families inTransition.  Men and Masculinities 2.3 (2000): 353-354.
  14. J.F. O'Barr. 1999 Katharine H.S. Moon, Sex Among the Allies: Military Prostitution in U.S./North Korean Relations.  American Political Science Review 93.2 (1999): 493.
  15. J.F. O'Barr. Timothy Quinnan, Adult Students "At-Risk": Cultural Bias in Higher Education.  Contemporary Gerontology 5.1 (1998): 1-3.
  16. J.F. O'Barr. Frances Maher and Mary Kay Tetreault: The Feminist Classroom; Linda Garber: Tilting the Tower; Jane Martin: Changing the Educational Landscape.  SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 21.3 (1996): 253-257.
  17. J.F. O'Barr. Elizabeth Spelman: Inessential Woman: Problems of Exclusion in Feminist Thought.  The American Book Review 12.2 (May/June).
  18. J.F. O'Barr. Cyril Houle: Continuing Learning in the Professions.  Journal of Higher Education 53.5 (September October): 609-609.
  19. J.F. O'Barr. Leopold Kohr: Development Without Aid: The Translucent Society.  Journal of Politics (February, 1981).
  20. J.F. O'Barr. Valene L. Smith (ed.): Hosts and Guests: The Anthropology of Tourism.  International Journal of Comparative Sociology 22.3-4 (1981): 273-274.
  21. J.F. O'Barr. Martin King Whyte: The Status of Women in Pre industrial Societies.  International Journal of Comparative Society 21.3-4 (1980): 305-307.
  22. J.F. O'Barr. Karen Sacks: Sisters and Wives and Ilsa Schuster: New Women of Lusaka.  1980 Review of Books: African Studies Review 6 (1980): 134-137.
  23. J.F. O'Barr. Christopher Mojekwu et al.: African Society, Culture and Politics.  African Studies Review 23 (1980): 210-211.
  24. J.F. O'Barr. Swedish Development Authority: Women in Developing Countries.  African Economic History.3 (1977): 87-89.
  25. J.F. O'Barr. New Films on Women in Developing Countries.  DEA News, Newsletter of APSA 7 (1975): 8-9.
  26. J.F. O'Barr. Clyde Ingle: From Village to State in Tanzania.  American Political Science Review 69 (1975): 1069-1070.


  1. J.F. O'Barr, editor. "Proceedings of the "Locating Feminism" Lecture Series." Durham, NC: Women's Studies, Duke University. (1998).
  2. J.F. O'Barr, coeditor. "Duke University Libraries." (Fall, 1989). special issue on Feminist Scholarship
  3. J.F. O'Barr, editor. "The Changing Patterns of Our Lives: Women's Education and Women's Studies." Durham, NC: Women's Studies at Duke University. (1989). 83 page proceedings of a Sesquicentennial Symposium at Duke University, March 3-5, 1989
  4. J.F. O'Barr. "SIGNS: A Ten Year Subject Index." SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (1986). 104 pp
  5. J.F. O'Barr. "Women in Developing Societies." Political Economy of Development: Political Science Reading Lists and Course Outlines Durham: Eno River Press. (1981).
  6. J.F. O'Barr. "Conflict of Interest: A Growing Challenge for Working Couples." Durham: Duke University Office of Continuing Education. (1980).
  7. J.F. O'Barr. "Continuing Education at Duke: Ten Years of Experience." Durham: Duke University Office of Continuing Education. (1979).
  8. J.F. O'Barr. "Careers for Humanists." Durham: Duke University Office of Continuing Education. (1978).
  9. J.F. O'Barr. "Second Careers for Women." Durham: Duke University Office of Continuing Education. (1975).
  10. J.F. O'Barr. "Abstracts of U.S. and Canadian journal articles dealing with Africa." African Abstracts (1966 to 1971).
  11. J.F. O'Barr. "Computer Keyword Indexing: Applications to Current Anthropology." Current Anthropology 7 (1966): 632-664.