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About the Chair

Dr. Crystal Jackson, Chair

Dr. Jackson (she/they) is a feminist qualitative scholar who completed her Ph.D. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2013. Dr. Jackson is committed to identifying new insights into the gendered and racialized deployment of state power through the lens of sexual labors and sex worker rights in the United States. She is co-author of The State of Sex: Tourism, Sex, and Sin in the New American Heartland, an ethnographic exploration of the only legal sale of sex in the country, Nevada’s rural brothels. She has also published studies of U.S. sex worker rights organizing, strip club laws, and the intended and unintended consequences of anti-sex trafficking policies and activism. Further, Dr. Jackson’s mixed methods research on adult film workers and fans challenges assumptions about sex, sexuality, gender, and the screen, placing her in the ever-evolving “feminist sex wars.”