Press Release for Wednesday, February 7, 2007

UNF History Professor Discusses 'Imbalanced Gender Ratios'

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The ratio of men to women is a powerful, though seldom acknowledged, force in shaping social life. Dr. David Courtwright, a history professor at the University of North Florida, will discuss “Too Many Women? Too Many Men?: The Causes and Consequences of Imbalanced Gender Ratios” at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 14, in Room 1604-5 of the Andrew A. Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14) on the UNF campus.

Courtwright will discuss what causes shifts in the gender ratio, a surprisingly long list that includes selective abortion, infanticide, marriage patterns, stress, infections, environmental toxins, labor demand, migration patterns and transportation technology. He will then show how these imbalances have played out in frontier zones—on the land and in the early days of aviation—and how these and other gender-imbalanced populations eventually became balanced again.

Courtwright has a Ph.D. from Rice University and was a Mellon visiting faculty fellow at Yale University. Before coming to UNF, he taught at the University of Hartford. He has received numerous honors, including the John A. Delaney Endowed Presidential Professorship, UNF’s Distinguished Professor and Outstanding Faculty Scholarship. He has also been awarded fellowships in the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

This event, sponsored by UNF’s Women’s Center and the Bette Soldwedel Research Center, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Aprille Roberts at (904) 620-2528 or at