Learning More about Title IX!

Title IX

By:  Sally Roller

You have given your students summer reading, so now it is time for yours! You likely have a short amount of time before students return to campus. Come back to your position with further knowledge about Title IX and how it impacts your institution.  Below are a few book recommendations about the impact of Title IX on campus protections against sexual assault.

Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus by Vanessa Grigoriadis

Focuses on research gathered during three years reporting on college campuses, especially #MeToo movement and its effect on higher education institutions.  Grigoriadis explores sex, power, and consent on college campuses.


The Transformation of Title IX: Regulating Gender Equality in Education by R. Shep Melnick

Boston College political science professor, R. Shep Melnick, analyzes how interpretations of “equal educational opportunity” have changed over the years.  Melnick discusses the complicated history of Title IX in an easy-to-read manner.  This book is for you if you want a comprehensive review of how Title IX has been implemented.


Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus by Jennifer S. Hirsch & Shamus Khan

Jennifer S. Hirsh and Shamus Khan present an entirely new framework in their book that emphasizes sexual assault’s social roots, based on concepts of “sexual projects,” “sexual citizenship,” and “sexual geographies.”  The authors drawn on the Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation (SHIFT) at Columbia University, the most comprehensive study to date of sexual assault on college campuses.


The Hunting Ground: The Inside Story of Sexual Assault on American College Campuses by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering

The Hunting Ground tells the story behind the award-winning documentary of the same name.  The documentary inspired new Title IX laws in New York and California and sparked a vital discussion about sexual assault on campus.  This book provides personal stories told by female students and the responses from administrators and law enforcement.


Beyond the Rapist: Title IX and Sexual Violence on US Campuses by Kate Lockwood Harris

Kate Lockwood Harris considers whether institution changes combat the issues of campus sexual assault or whether the institution’s practices reproduce that violence in other forms.  Harris addresses how the relationships amount organization, communication, and violence inform university Title IX policies and practices. In doing so, she suggests that combatting the epidemic of sexual violence on college campus involves both recognizing that sexual violence is part of larger systems of injustice and refining our definition of violence to encompass far more than individual moments of physical injury.