Tori Barnes-Brus

Tori Barnes-Brus

Associate Professor of Sociology

211 College Hall
(319) 895-4340

Cornell College
600 First Street West
Mount Vernon, IA 52314

Academic History

  • PhD in Sociology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, 2010
    Dissertation: “Responsible Mothers and Well Born Children: Social Authorities and the Discourses of Nineteenth-Century Pregnancy”
  • MA in Sociology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, 2001
    Thesis: “Women of the Perpetual Cloth: Quilting, Alienation and Consciousness.”
  •  BA in Sociology & History, Cornell College 1996


  • SOC 101: Sociological Thinking
  • SOC 255: Media and the Public Mind
  • SOC 314: Community Organizing, Public Policy, and Social Change ~ in Chicago
  • SOC 315: Wealth, Power, and Inequality
  • SOC 316: Cultural Sociology
  • SOC 317: Reproductive Practices, Reproductive Policies
  • SOC 364: Deviance and Social Control
  • SOC 387: Research Design and Data Analysis


  • Barnes-Brus, Tori. Forthcoming. Review of Cut It Out: The C-Section Epidemic in America, by Theresa Morris.  Contemporary Sociology. 
  • Donovan, Brian and Tori Barnes-Brus.  2011. “Narratives of Sexual Consent and Coercion: Forced Prostitution Trials in Progressive-Era New York City.” Law and Social Inquiry 36(3): 597-619
  • Barnes-Brus, Tori.  2006. “Birth Control”and “Reproductive Rights.” Encyclopedia of Privacy, edited by William G. Staples. Westport CT: Greenwood Publishing.
  • Barnes-Brus, Tori.  2005. “The Contradictions of Gay Tele-Visibility: A Reaction to Gamson.” Social Thought and Research 26:1-2.” 
  • Barnes-Brus, Tori. 2005. “Women of the Perpetual Cloth: Women's Consciousness, Women's Culture, Women's Work.” Midwest Feminist Papers a Publication of the Midwest Sociologists for Women in Society. 
  • Warren, Carol A. B., Tori Barnes-Brus, Heather Burgess, and Lori Wiebold-Lippisch. 2003.  “After the Interview” Qualitative Sociology 26(1):93-110.

Recent Presentations and Lectures

  • “’The Mother is the Architect of Man’:The Lydia E. Pinkham Patent Medicine Company’s Fear-Empowerment Discourse on Health and Mothering.”  Presented at the Making Motherhood Visible: (Re)Writing Narratives of Contemporary Mothers Conference, Museum of Motherhood, NYC, March 2014.
  • “Free Lovers: Sex, Morality and the Middle Class in late Victorian America.” Invited lecture for SOC 365 Sexualities, Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa, November 2012.
  • “It’s Not Like That Anymore… or Is It? Using Mad Men to Teach Feminism and Culture” Presented with Erin Davis at the Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 2012. 

  • “ ‘Saviour of Her Sex': The Lydia E. Pinkham Company and the Contradictions of Women's Reproductive Maladies in late 19th Century America.” Invited lecture at Aoyama-Gakuin Women’s Junior College, Tokyo, Japan. October 2010.

  • “Well Bred Mates, Well Born Children: Heredity, Maternal Influence and Pregnancy in the Late Nineteenth Century.” Presented at the Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Des Moines, Iowa, April 2009.

  • “‘The Hope of the Race’ and the ‘Rights of Children to be Well-Born’ Late Victorian American Reproductive Rights.” Presented at the Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, April 2008. 

  • “Courtroom Storytelling and the Legal Construction of Sexual Consent: Prosecuting Compulsory Prostitution in New York City, 1908-1915." Presented with Brian Donovan at the Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2006. 

  • "' Yours for Health, Lydia E. Pinkham': A Cultural analysis of a Late Victorian Era Patent Medicine Company." Presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, August 2006. 

  • “Reproductive Morality: Physicians vs. Free Lovers in Late Victorian America.” Presented at the Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, August 2006.

  • “The 'Boundary Turn' in Cultural Sociology: Cultural Capital, Symbolic, Boundaries, and the Perpetuation of Social Inequality.” Presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 2005.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Schlesinger Library Research Support Grant, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 2014-2015
  • Emil and Rosa Massier Award in the Social Sciences, Cornell College, 2014, 2011
  • Campbell McConnell Sabbatical Grant, Cornell College, 2013-2014
  • McConnell Travel Grant, Cornell College, 2014, 2012, 2011
  • Student-Faculty Summer Research Grant, Cornell College 2010
  • FaCE Grant for "Global Citizenship" (with Deborah Norland, Luther College; John Moeller, Luther College; Kimberly Lanegran, Coe College, & Linda Clemente, Ripon College), 2010
  • Civic Engagement Project Curriculum Development Award, Cornell College, 2007
  • Dissertation Fellowship, University of Kansas, 2006-2007
  • Scholarship Development Award, Midwest Sociological Society, 2004