Women and Gender Studies Program

Wendy Chapkis [node:person_suffix]

Professor of Women and Gender Studies and Sociology


120 Bedford Street, Portland Campus

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 780-4757

Wendy Chapkis is a Professor of Sociology and Director of the Women and Gender Studies program.  Her PhD is from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Research Interests

Gender and sexuality; prostitution policy; drug policy

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

Beauty Secrets: women and the politics of appearance (1986) South End Press.

"Cannabis, Consciousness and Healing" in Drugs and the American Dream: an Anthology edited by Patricia Adler et al (forthcoming in 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).
"Introductory essay to Macho Sluts" by Patrick Califia (2010) in Little Sister's Classic Reprints, Arsenal Press.  
"Soft Glove, Punishing Fist: The Trafficking Victims Protection Act" in Regulating Sex edited by Elizabeth Bernstein and Laurie Schaffner (2005) Routledge.