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Deborah Rudacille

Deborah Rudacille
Born July 1958
Dundalk, Maryland
Residence Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality American
Education BA (1980)
Loyola College
MA (1998)
Johns Hopkins University
Occupation Journalist and author

Deborah Rudacille (born July 1958) is an American journalist and science writer.[1] She has worked as a news editor for the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative in New York, and in May 2012 became a visiting professor in journalism at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.[2]

Rudacille is the author of The Scalpel and the Butterfly (2000), a history of the practice and politics of animal testing, The Riddle of Gender (2004), which examines scientists' attempts to define gender and the effect that had on transgender people, and Roots of Steel (2010), about the closure of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation steelworks in Sparrows Point, Maryland.[3]

The Scalpel and the Butterfly was chosen by the Los Angeles Times as one of the year's best non-fiction books, and The Riddle of Gender was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.[4]


Rudacille was born in Dundalk, Maryland into a family with a long history of working for the local steelmill, including her father and his brothers, her grandfather and her great-grandfather. Her mother worked for the United Steel Workers labor union.[5]

She attended Our Lady of Hope elementary school and The Catholic High School of Baltimore.[6] She obtained her BA in 1980 from Loyola College and her MA in 1998 from the Writing Seminars program at Johns Hopkins University, where she specialized in science writing. In May 2012, she joined the English department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, as a visiting professor. She will teach courses on science and medical writing, community journalism in the digital age, and the history of medical attempts to define gender.[2]

Selected works

  • with Joanne Zurlo and Alan M. Goldberg. Animals and Alternatives in Testing: History, Science, Ethics. Mary Ann Liebert, 1994, ISBN 0913113670
  • The Scalpel and the Butterfly: The War Between Animal Research and Animal Protection. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000.
  • The Riddle of Gender: Science, Activism and Transgender Rights. Pantheon Books, 2004.
  • Roots of Steel: Boom and Bust in an American Mill Town. Pantheon, 2010.
  • "Baltimore Blues", Baltimore Style, November 2008.
  • "Working-class USA, R.I.P.", USA Today, 7 April 2010.


  1. ^ Tucker, Abigail. : Masculine and feminine roles don't seem so fixed anymore, as author Deborah Rudacille finds in her study of the world of transgendered people"The Riddle of Gender", Baltimore Sun, 9 February 2005.
  2. ^ a b "Deborah Rudacille Joins English Faculty", University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 31 May 2012.
  3. ^ Skloot, Rebecca. "A balanced account of the battle over animal research and animal rights", Chicago Tribune, 10 September 2000.
    • Byrne, Michael. "The Steel World", City Paper, 28 April 2010.
  4. ^ "About",, accessed 11 June 2012.
  5. ^ Shen, Fern. "An interview with "Roots of Steel" author Deborah Rudacille", Baltimore Brew, 19 April 2010.
  6. ^ Cassie, Ron. "Getting to the Point", Dundalk Patch, 15 November 2010.

External links

  • Personal website
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