Julianne M. Siegfriedt Ph.D.


Office Location

94 Bedford Street, Portland campus


(207) 780-4470

Academic Degrees

  • PhD Candidate in Sociology, University of Massachusetts at Boston
  • MA in Applied Sociology, University of Massachusetts at Boston, 2011
  • BA in Sociology and Psychology, Clark University, 2007


I started working at USM during the Spring 2017 semester and have taught courses in Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Prior to joining the USM team, I taught Sociology courses at Southern New Hampshire University as well as the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

I received my PhD in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts-Boston where I also received my Master’s in Applied Sociology. My research and teaching interests include the sociology of gender and health, accessing care and services for marginalized groups, sex trafficking and sex work.

At USM I teach Introduction to Sociology, Deviance and Social Control, and courses that cross over within Women and Gender Studies like Gender and Health and Family Violence. I also teach Introduction to Women and Gender Studies, Rethinking Gender and Culture, and Gender Representation and Resistance. My courses always include an intersectional and sociological lens. My teaching experience has also included classes such as the Sociology of the Family, Sociology of Gender, and Crime and Violence.

When I’m not at USM, you might find me walking my dog in the woods, making jewelry for my friends and family, or finishing a crossword puzzle. 

Research Interests

My current research focuses on sex trafficking and sex work and the transition to adulthood for individuals who have sold or been sold for sex. My work includes exploring the constructions of victimhood and the institutional factors that contribute to events over the life course for individuals who have sold sex.

Previously, my research has included access to services for individuals experiencing homelessness along with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. I have also researched community reentry for individuals exiting prison who are also experiencing co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. The ways in which barriers to institutions for marginalized groups intersect and have compounding influences on individual lives has been my main area of interest. I aim to better understand the specific ways in which societal structures and interlocking systems reinforce privilege for some groups and further marginalize others. These factors can influence health, life expectancy, the likelihood of arrest, exposure to violence, and a number of additional outcomes.