Dr. Crystal Jackson

Associate Professor
Women & Gender Studies
Rees-Jones 204-A

crystal.jackson@tcu.edu | 817-257-3049

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PhD, Sociology, University of Nevada-Las Vegas (2013)
Graduate Certificate, Women's and Gender Studies, University of Nevada-Las Vegas (2009)
MA, Sociology, University of Nevada-Las Vegas (2007)

Courses Taught

Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
Sex, The Body, and US Borders
Transnational Gender & Sexuality

Areas of Focus

Intersectional Feminist Theories and Methods
Social Problems/Social Justice
Sex Work/Sexual Labor

Dr. Jackson (she/they) is a feminist qualitative scholar and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas in 2013. They arrived at TCU in Spring 2022 and currently serve as the Chair of the WGST Department. Her research and teaching explore critical race and feminist social justice responses to social problems. Dr. Jackson truly believes in the liberatory potential of learning! They have published several academic studies on a range of topics, such as U.S. sex worker rights organizing, strip club laws, Nevada’s legal brothels, and the intended and unintended domestic consequences of U.S. anti-sex trafficking policies and activism. They are a long-time sex worker rights activist, supporting organizations like the Sex Workers Outreach Project – USA and the Desiree Alliance. As a bisexual/queer femme, Dr. Jackson served as a faculty advisor for the LGBTQ+ and Allies student club at her previous institution.

Pronouns: they/she

Consent and Sexualized Leisure in Sin City: Observations from a U.S. Pornography Expo in Las Vegas,” Leisure Sciences, 2020 42(3-4): 393-410.

Sex Workers Unite!”: U.S. Sex Worker Support Networks in an Era of Criminalization,” WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, 2019 47(3-4): 169-188.

EXPOsing Men’s Gender-Role Attitudes as Porn Superfans” (co-authored with Aleta Baldwin, Barbara Brents, and Paul Maginn), Sociological Forum, 2019 34: 483-500.

The Queer Porn Mafia: Redefining identity, sex and feminism through commodified sexuality” (co-authored with Laurenn McCubbin), Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture, 2016 1: pp. 337-353.

Framing Sex Worker Rights: How U.S. Sex Worker Rights Activists Perceive and Respond to Mainstream Anti–Sex Trafficking Advocacy,” Sociological Perspectives, 2016 59: 27-45.

The State of Sex: Tourism, Sex, and Sin in the New American Heartland (Routledge, 2010)