The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Amy Schalet

Associate Professor

Amy Schalet is associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a specialist on adolescent sexuality and culture in comparative perspective. Her award-winning book, Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens, and the Culture of Sex (University of Chicago, Nov, 2011), examines the regulation of adolescent sexuality in American and Dutch families. Schalet has worked closely with physicians and others on new approaches to sexual health promotion for adolescents. She has served on the boards of national and local health organizations, consulted with community groups and the media, and collaborated on clinical and educational materials. She has written opinion pieces for The New York Times and The Washington Post, and her research has been featured in such online publications as Time and Salon. She has been awarded several grants from the Ford Foundation. Schalet was awarded the Children and Youth Section’s 2012 Distinguished Scholarly Research Award and the Family Section’s 2013 Goode Award from the American Sociological Association for Not Under My Roof, and the 2012 Carol Mendez Cassell Award for Excellence in Sexuality Education from the Healthy Teen Network. Schalet is also director of the Public Engagement Project at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, which helps researchers disseminate their work outside the academy to, among others, policy makers, practitioner groups, social movements, and the media. Schalet holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a doctorate from the University of California–Berkeley.


Ph.D., Sociology, University of California–Berkeley, 2003

Research Areas

Sociology of Culture, Sexuality and Gender, Family, Adolescence, Reproductive Health, Qualitative Methods, Political Sociology, and Public Sociology

Selected Publications

Schalet, Amy. 2016. “Why Boys Need to Have Conversations about Emotional Intimacy in Classrooms.” The Conversation, February 25.

Schalet, Amy, John S. Santelli, Stephen Russell, Carolyn Halpern, Sarah Miller, Sarah Pickering, Shoshana Goldberg, Jennifer Munley. 2014. “Invited Commentary: Broadening the Evidence for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Education in the United States.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence 43(10):1595-1610.

Schalet, Amy. 2012. “Caring, Romantic American Boys.” The New York Times, April 6.

Schalet, Amy. 2011. Not under My Roof: Parents, Teens, and the Culture of Sex. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Winner: American Sociological Association Family Section 2013 Goode Book Award; Carol Mendez Cassell 2012 Award for Excellence in Sexuality Education; American Sociological Association Section on Youth and Children 2012 Distinguished Scholarly Research Award

Schalet, Amy. 2011. “The Sleepover Question.” The New York Times, July 23, SR9.

Schalet, Amy. 2011. “Beyond Abstinence and Risk: A New Paradigm for Adolescent Sexual Health.” Women’s Health Issues 21(3 Supplement):S5-S7.

Schalet, Amy. 2010. “Sexual Subjectivity Revisited: The Significance of Relationships in Dutch and American Girls’ Experiences of Sexuality.” Gender & Society 24(3):304-29.


Ford Foundation: “Advancing Sexuality Education, Health, and Policy Using a New ABCD of Adolescent Sexuality.” 2009-2012.

Ford Foundation: “Moving Beyond the Stalled Revolution: Building a New Language for Sexuality, Gender and Family in America.” 2005-2008.