Jenny Irons earned her doctorate in sociology from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and her bachelor’s degree in sociology-anthropology from Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. Her research interests include gender, race, health and social movements. Currently, Irons is developing new projects related to women’s reproductive health, including a study of women’s responses to unplanned cesarean sections. Irons is the author of Reconstituting Whiteness: The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2010. She has published articles in Gender & Society, Mobilization, and Sociology Compass. In 2006 Irons received the John R. Hatch Class of 1925 Excellence in Teaching Award.