Women and Gender Studies Program

Wendy Chapkis Ph.D.

Professor of Women and Gender Studies and Sociology

Office Location

301F Payson Smith, Portland Campus

Faculty Office Hours Spring 2020

Wednesdays 9:45 to 11:45 & by appointment


(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:

“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.