Women and Gender Studies Program

Wendy Chapkis Ph.D.

Professor of Women and Gender Studies and Sociology
Wendy Chapkis

Office Location

301F Payson Smith, Portland Campus

Faculty Office Hours Spring 2021

On Sabbatical


(207) 780-4757

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D.

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.


Selected Articles:

 “Growing pains: marijuana legalization in Maine,” in the Routledge Handbook of Interdisciplinary Cannabis Research (2021), edited by Domic Corva and Joshuan Meisel. New York: Routledge.


“Performing without a Net? Safer-Sex in Porn” in Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader (2018), edited by Mindy Stombler et al. New York: Norton & Company. 693-702.


“Terms of Surrender: marijuana legalization in the United States,” Contexts, vol. 14, no.4, Fall 2015.

“The Trouble with Mary Jane’s Gender: gender politics in the marijuana policy reform movement,” special issue on “Current Perspectives on Marijuana and Society,” Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, no. 35, Summer 2013: 76-93.

"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,” special issue of the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography on "methodological complexity,” October 2010 vol. 39 no. 5: 483-497.

 "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. 




“Destablizing Cisgender” (plenary address, with Dr. Hugh English) at Talking Bodies 4th biennial, international and interdisciplinary conference, University of Chester, UK, April 2019.


“From Harm Reinforcement to Harm Reduction (keynote address) at Southern Maine Harm Reduction Conference, University of New England, October 2018.


“What the Psychedelic Community Should Learn from Marijuana Legalization” (plenary address), Northeastern University (Boston Entheogenic Network Conference), September 2017.


“The Trouble with Mary Jane’s Gender,” (plenary address), Re-imaging Sex Reimaging Gender Summer Institute, Durham University, Durham, England, June 2014.

Awards and Recognition

Faculty Scholar, Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine LGBTQ+ Collection (2016-2019)


Senior Scholar Award, American Sociological Association, Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco Section (2016)