Catalyst Staff

Leora Tanenbaum

Senior Director, Editorial

Leora Tanenbaum serves as the editor-in-chief for website content and publications.

Prior to joining Catalyst, Leora worked at Columbia University, first as editorial director of Barnard College and then as communications director of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Leora also has been editorial director of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Leora is the author of five books on the lives of girls and women that are taught in sociology and gender and sexuality college courses. In the 1990s, she coined the term “slut-bashing,” the precursor to “slut-shaming,” and was the first person to research the phenomenon of girls and women being sexually policed through verbal sexual harassment. She earned her B.A. at Brown University and her M.A. at Hunter College. Leora enjoys reading both fiction and non-fiction and listening to the Beatles.