Betsy Crane


  • Gender
  • Sex education and sexuality

Betsy Crane is a professor at the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University in Chester, Penn. Crane earned master’s in communications with a concentration in mental health education from the University of Texas in 1972, and a doctorate in human service studies from Cornell University in 2000. She worked for 17 years as a sexuality educator, first as a public health family planning outreach worker, then as education director and later executive director for Planned Parenthood in Ithaca, N.Y. She is an author of several journal articles, curricula and professional publications as well as co-editor of “Sexual Lives: A Reader on the Theories and Realities of Human Sexualities,” published in 2003. Her research interests include the history of gendered sexuality and shifting gender and sexual identities of young people, as well as strengths-based empowerment practice in human services.