Laurie Schaffner, PhD


Core Faculty

Associate Professor,

PhD, University of California at Berkeley, 2000

Office: 4146A BSB (MC 141)
Phone: 312-996-4663
E-mail: schaff [at] uic [dot] edu

*Curriculum Vitae


About Dr. Laurie Schaffner

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 Award for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship from the Section on Childhood and Youth of the American Sociological Association. She is the author of Teenage Runaways: Broken Hearts and ‘Bad Attitudes' (Haworth Press, 1999), and co-editor with Elizabeth Bernstein of Regulating Sex: The Politics of Intimacy and Identity (Routledge, 2005). Her work has been published in a variety of journals including Hastings Women's Law Journal, Social Justice, Crime and Delinquency, and Latino Studies.

Her advocacy, teaching, and research focus on girls' health and justice; the social control of gender and sexuality, and urban qualitative methods.
Dr. Schaffner is a 2007 Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholar and conducted research focused on youth in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico while teaching at the Universidad de Guadalajara. She is a member of the Leadership Team of GIRL TALK, a biweekly program that works with girls who are incarcerated at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. In addition, she is the Chicago Site Coordinator for a federally-funded national multi-site research project focused on youth in the sex economy.

*Selected Publications


Girls In Trouble With The Law

Teenage Runaways: Broken Hearts and "Bad Attitudes"

Regulating Sex: The Politics of Intimacy and Identity