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Dawn Atkins, (MA, Anthropology) is a nationally known writer, educator, and activist on a variety of issues including body image, sexuality and diversity issues. She gives workshops and lectures around the country and abroad on a variety of topics.

Atkins is the editor of three books: Looking Queer: Body Image and Identity in Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Communities (Haworth 1998), Lesbian Sex Scandals: Sexual Practices, Politics and Identities (Haworth 1999) and Bisexual Women in the 21st Century (Haworth 2003).

She has also been guest editor of issues of the Journal of Lesbian Studies, Journal of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Identity and Journal of Bisexuality. She also served on the editorial board of the Journal of Lesbian Studies and the Journal of Bisexuality.

She was the founder and Chair of the Body Image Task Force and is the former Research Chair for the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance. She is featured in the educational video Killing Us for Our Own Good: Dieting and Medical Misinformation (produced by the BITF).

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