Martha McCaughey

Martha McCaughey (PhD, Sociology, UC Santa Barbara) is Professor of Sociology and the Director of the First Year Seminar and the Common Reading Programs at Appalachian. A past Director of our GWS Program, she is the author of the books Real Knockouts: The Physical Feminism of Women's Self-Defense and The Caveman Mystique: Pop-Darwinism and the Debates Over Sex, Violence, and Science.  She is the editor of several scholarly volumes, including the Special Issue of Violence Against Women on self-defense against sexual assault.  Her interests include gender, bodies, activism, and social media. She blogs about women's self-defense at


Title: Professor of Sociology and the Director of the First Year Seminar and the Common Reading Programs

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2028