Wendy Chapkis Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology and Women and Gender Studies
Wendy Chapkis

Office Location

300F Payson Smith Hall, Portland Campus

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2018

Wednesday 9:45-11:45 and by appointment



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. Sociology University of California at Santa Cruz 1995
  • M.A. Sociology University of California at Santa Cruz 1989
  • B.A. Politics/Sociology University of California at Santa Cruz 1977


Dr. Chapkis is the author of many articles in the area of gender and sexuality including “Sex Workers” (in the anthology "New Sexuality Studies," Seidman, Fischer and Meeks, eds., Routledge 2007), "Soft Glove, Punishing Fist: the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000" (in the anthology "Regulating Sex," Bernstein and Schaffner eds, Routledge 2004), "Trafficking, Migration, and the Law: Protecting Innocents, Punishing Immigrants," (in the journal "Gender & Society," 2003), and "Power and Control in the Commercial Sex Trade," (in the anthology "Sex For Sale", Weitzer ed., Routledge 2000). She has also edited two anthologies ("Loaded Questions: women in the military," and "Of Common Cloth: women in the global textile industry," co-edited with Cynthia Enloe, both published in the 1980s by TNI/IPS) and has authored two books in the area of gender and sexuality ("Live Sex Acts: Women Performing Erotic Labor," Routledge 1997 and "Beauty Secrets: Women and the Politics of Appearance," South End Press 1986).

Research Interests

My current research is in the area of drug policy; in this field, I have published several articles including "Cannabis, Consciousness and Healing" (in the journal "Contemporary Justice Review," 2007), "Mother's Milk and the Muffin Man: grassroots innovations in medical marijuana delivery systems" (co-authored by Richard J. Webb and published in the journal of "Ethnicity in Substance Abuse,'" 2005) and “Patients, ‘Potheads,’ and Dying to Get High” (in the anthology "Production of Reality," Jodi O’Brien ed., Pine Forge Press 2006). I am also the co-author (with Richard J. Webb) of the book "Dying to Get High: marijuana as medicine" (New York University Press 2008).

Recent Publications

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.

"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" in Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (August 2010).
"Soft Glove, Punishing Fist: The Trafficking Victims Protection Act" in Regulating Sex edited by Elizabeth Bernstein and Laurie Schaffner (2005) Routledge.