Ellyn Kaschak, Ph.D. is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning psychologist, author and teacher. She is well-known as a speaker, workshop leader, human rights advocate and a public intellectual.

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Sight Unseen
Gender and Race Through Blind Eyes

Sight Unseen reveals the cultural and biological realities of race, gender, and sexual orientation from the perspective of the blind. Through ten case studies and dozens of interviews, Ellyn Kaschak taps directly into the phenomenology of race, gender, and sexual orientation among blind individuals, along with the everyday epistemology of vision.

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Engendered Lives: A New Psychology of Women’s Experience

Global Border Crossings: Feminist Activists and Peace Workers Collaborating Across Cultures

Minding the Body: Psychotherapy in Cases of Chronic and Life-Threatening Illness

In the media

Seeing Is Believing or Is Believing Seeing | Ellyn Kaschak ’65 | TEDxBinghamtonUniversity

I will describe my intensive 10 years of work with individuals who are all blind since birth. Since they have had no opportunity to visually observe the cues the sighted use to code gender, race and sexual orientation, their ideas and the ways they learned them reveal how these constructs are just that and are not based in biology at all. Instead, they are constructed by and for the sighted. Using many examples, I will show unerringly the blindness of the sighted.

Ellyn Uram Kaschak Institute for Social Justice for Women and Girls

Ellyn Kaschak helps establish research institute for women at Binghamton University Donation made by Ellyn Uram Kaschak, '65, to support student, faculty research

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January 10, 2022 in Articles

These are not normal times

We must always continue to hope It is the time of the year to take stock, to look back at the previous year and forward to the year to come, ideally with hope and optimism. Sadly today I can only…
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December 10, 2021 in Articles

Chronic traumatic terror disorder

Stress is a small word for the contemporary terror In the Age of Terrorism, there certainly is an abundance of terror. I feel it everywhere-around me, in front of me and, yes, right inside of me. Call it anxiety or…
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November 25, 2021 in Articles

Societal Chaos Creates Psychological Problems

A Personal Perspective: How does psychology deal with cultural problems? Yesterday there was a serious societal crisis. Today there is another one. And tomorrow? Are they connected or separate? Climate change. Covid virus. Civil rights. Women’s rights. Domestic violence. Street…
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November 10, 2021 in Articles

Questioning transgender ideology

We must demand better theory, better research and much more careful practice. Last month I began, in the pages of this magazine, to share my deep concerns about the rapid ingress of the transgender movement into so many of our professional and…
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