Prof. Vern Bullough was the author and editor of over 50 books and hundreds of articles on human sexuality. He was a professor in the History department at California State University Northridge, and the founding director of The Center for Sex Research in the College of Social and Behavioral Science at CSU, Northridge. Bullough (along with his wife Bonnie Bullough) was a household name for sex researchers and was involved in almost every aspect of the sexological community, and was a key participant in American sexology, civil rights, and the international sexological community.
At the time of his death Bullough was compared to Alfred Kinsey by many of his colleagues (less for any groundbreaking methodologies than for a lifetime commitment to sexology and a passion for uncovering that which was covered up for far too long).
In his role as founding director of The Center for Sex Research Bullough was involved in two groundbreaking conferences, the 1997 International Conference on Prostitution, and the 1998 World Pornography Conference. Neither conference was without problems, but both were notable for their effort to bring together academics and activists and to invite the media in an effort to raise the level of public discussion.