The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Janice Irvine



Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1984

MPH (Biostatistics and Epidemiology), Boston University, 1994

Research Areas

Social Knowledge Production, Culture, Politics, Sexuality Studies

Selected Publications

Marginal People in Deviant Places: Ethnography, Difference, and the Challenge to Scientific Racism (University of Michigan Press, 2022). 

Talk About Sex: How Sex Ed Battles Helped Ignite the Right (Temple University Press, 2023)

Silences, Neglected Feelings, and Blindspots in Research Practices (edited with Kathy Davis, Routledge, 2022).

2017. "The Queer Work of Militarized Prides," Contexts, Volume 16 (4) (with Jill Irvine).

2016. "Mapping the Walk of Shame: Incorporating Emotions into Concepts and Methods," Social Currents, 1-10.

2015. “The Other Sex Work: Stigma in Sexuality Research.” Social Currents 2(2):116–125.

2014. “The Sex Lives of Sex Researchers.” Contexts 13(4):36–41.

2012. “Can’t Ask, Can’t Tell: How Institutional Review Boards Keep Sex in the Closet.” Contexts 11(2):28–33.

2005. Disorders of Desire: Sexuality and Gender in Modern American Sexology, Revised and Expanded Edition. Temple University Press.

2003.Guest Editor. “Sex and Sociology: Sociological Studies of Sexuality, 1910–1978.” Qualitative Sociology 26(4).

2002. Talk about Sex: The Battles over Sex Education in the United States. University of California Press.

1994. Editor. Sexual Cultures and the Construction of Adolescent Identities. Temple University Press.

Funded Projects

Fulbright Scholarship for Research/Teaching, Babes-Bolyai Universitatea, Cluj, Romania, 2015.

Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Oral History Grant, 2010, “Embattled Knowledge: The Oral History Project of Sexuality Education in America.” Created and curated “The Sexuality Educators Oral History Project” archive. This collection, housed at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Harvard University, consists of eighteen comprehensive oral histories of pioneering sex educators, as well as personal documents. This archive can be accessed through the Harvard University Hollis Catalog.

Fulbright Scholarship for Research/Teaching, University of Zagreb, Croatia, 2009.