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Laurie Schaffner, PhD

Professor Emerita

Gender and Women's Studies; Criminology, Law and Justice; and Sociology


Building & Room:

4146B BSB


1007 W Harrison St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-4663


Dr. Schaffner is a sociologist whose work focuses on gender, adolescence, morality, and the law. Her study of girls in detention in the United States, Girls in Trouble with the Law (Rutgers University Press, 2006), earned the 2007 American Sociological Association, Section on Childhood and Youth, Award for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship. She is the author of Teenage Runaways: Broken Hearts and ‘Bad Attitudes' (Routledge, 1999), and co-editor with Elizabeth Bernstein of Regulating Sex: The Politics of Intimacy and Identity (Routledge, 2004). Her work has been published in a variety of journals including Hastings Women's Law Journal, Social Justice, Crime and Delinquency, and Violence Against Women Journal.

Her advocacy, teaching, and research focus on girls' health and justice; the social control of gender and sexuality, youth under siege by the state, and urban qualitative methods.

Dr. Schaffner is a 2007-2008 Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholar and conducted research focused on youth in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico while teaching at the Universidad de Guadalajara. She is at work on a book drawing from interviews with Chicago youth who trade sex for money or other survival needs.

Selected Publications

Girls In Trouble With The Law

Teenage Runaways: Broken Hearts and “Bad Attitudes”

Regulating Sex: The Politics of Intimacy and Identity

Schaffner, Laurie. 2014. “Out of Sight, Out of Compliance: US Detained Girls’ Health Justice,” Contemporary Justice Review: Issues in Criminal, Social, and Restorative Justice, 17(2)1-24.

Schaffner, Laurie. 2010. “Pobreza y ciudadania Estudios Jalisiences, Special issue: “Juventud y Ciudadania.” Zapopan: El Colegio de Jalisco, mayo, 80:16-25.

Schaffner, Laurie.  2008, “Latinas in U.S. Juvenile Detention: Turning Adversity to Advantage,” Latino Studies 6:116-136.

Schaffner, Laurie. 2002. “An Age of Reason: Paradoxes in Legal Constructions of Adulthood,” International Journal of Children’s Rights, 10:201-232.


PhD, Sociology - University of California at Berkeley, 2000