Sharon Presley is the co-founder and former co-proprietor of Laissez Faire Books, the world’s largest libertarian bookstore. She is the founder and Executive Director of Resources for Independent Thinking, a nonprofit educational organization, and the National Coordinator of the Association of Libertarian Feminists.
She has written and spoken extensively about libertarian and anarchist feminism as well as resistance to authority. Combining these interests, she has also written and spoken on female anti-authoritarians and is beginning a book on that topic. She has co-edited an anthology of the works of 19th and early 20th century anarchist feminist and anti-authoritarian Voltairine de Cleyre, entitled Exquisite Rebel, to be published in December 2004 by SUNY Press.
Sharon’s Ph.D. in social psychology is from the City University of New York Graduate Center where her mentor was Stanley Milgram, author of the classic study, Obedience to Authority. She now teaches psychology at California State University, Hayward. She is currently working on a practical book on dealing with authority, tentatively entitled Standing Up to Authorities: How to Stop Authorities and Experts from Bullying, Intimidating, Abusing and Manipulating You.