Sociology

Wendy Chapkis PhD

Professor of Sociology and Women and Gender Studies
Wendy Chapkis

Office Location

300F Payson Smith Hall, Portland Campus

Faculty Office Hours Spring 2019

9:45a-11:45a Mondays and by appointment

Phone

(207) 780-4757

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Sociology, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1995
  • MA in Sociology, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1989
  • BA in Politics/Sociology, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1977

Profile

Dr. Chapkis engages in research and teaching on such issues as drug policy reform, LGBTQ history and culture, body politics, and inequalities/intersections of gender, race, nationality, and class.

She is the author of three books: Beauty Secrets: Women and the Politics of Appearance (South End Press 1986); Live Sex Acts: Women Performing Erotic Labor (Routledge 1997); and Dying to Get High: Marijuana as Medicine (with Richard J. Webb; New York University Press 2008). Among her recent articles are “Performing without a Net? Safer Sex in Porn” (Sex Matters, 2018, Norton); “The Trouble with Mary Jane’s Gender: gender politics in the marijuana policy reform movement” (Humboldt Journal of Social Relations 2013); “Productive Tensions: Ethnographic Engagement, Complexity and Contradiction" (Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 2010); and "Trafficking, Migration, and the Law: Protecting Innocents, Punishing Immigrants" (Gender & Society 2003).

From 2016 to 2019, Dr. Chapkis served as the Faculty Scholar for the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine working with the LGBTQ+ Collection. In that capacity, she trained student researchers in oral history techniques and matched them with local community members for life history interviews. These “Querying the Past” oral histories are available online at: https://digitalcommons.usm.maine.edu/querying_ohproject/

Recent Publications

Books:

  • Dying to Get High: Marijuana as Medicine (2008) New York University Press (co-authored with Richard J. Webb)
  • Live Sex Acts: Women Performing Erotic Labor (1997) Routledge
  • Beauty Secrets: Women and the Politics of Appearance (1986) South End Press

Articles:

  • "Performing without a Net? Safer Sex in Porn" in Sex Matters (2018), Norton
  • "The Trouble with Mary Jane’s Gender: gender politics in the marijuana policy reform movement” (2013) Humboldt Journal of Social Relations
  • "Cannabis, Consciousness and Healing" in Drugs and the American Dream: an Anthology edited by Patricia Adler et al (2012) Wiley and Sons
  • "Sex Workers" in Introducing the New Sexuality Studies (2nd edition) edited by Steven Seidman, et al (2011) Routledge
  • “Productive Tensions: Ethnographic Engagement, Complexity and Contradiction" (2010) Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 
  • "Soft Glove, Punishing Fist: The Trafficking Victims Protection Act" in Regulating Sex edited by Elizabeth Bernstein and Laurie Schaffner (2005) Routledge
  • "Trafficking, Migration, and the Law: Protecting Innocents, Punishing Immigrants" (2003) Gender & Society