Lois Wendland Banner, more commonly known as Lois W. Banner, is a successful feminist author. She received her Ph.D. at Columbia University. She is the author of the textbook Women in Modern America: A Brief History, which is commonly used in introductory Women's Studies college classes.
In addition, her published works include:
American Beauty published by Alfred Knopf
In Full Flower: Aging Women, Power, and Sexuality published by Alfred Knopf
Finding Fran: History and Memory in the Lives of Two Women published by Columbia University Press
Intertwined Lives : Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Their Circle published by Alfred Knopf
Her newest work, "Intertwined Lives : Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Their Circle", narrates in a exploratory style the secrets of the lives of these two intellectual anthropologists. Currently, she is a History professor at the University of Southern California. She teaches History courses, which include topics such as Gender & Sexuality and Women's Studies.
From her staff page, her research: "Beginning with a focus on religion in the early republic, my work has broadened to be located in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries more generally and has come to rest in the history of gender, sexuality, and culture, in line with what has been at the intellectual and methodological forefront of the fields of women's history and women's studies. In terms of race and ethnicity, two other areas at the forefront of the field of women's and gender history, I have always integrated that material into my Women in Modern America, first published by Harcourt, Brace in 1972 and continually in print since that date."