Laurie Essig

Critical Race, Queer Studies, Pop Culture, Plastic Surgery & Economics Gender & Sexuality

Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies

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Topics she can discuss include:
  • Critical race
  • Queer studies
  • Queer in Russia and sexual minorities in Russia
  • Plastic surgery & economics
  • Pop culture
  • Sociology, gender, and sexuality

Video Clip: "White People"

About Laurie Essig

Laurie Essig joined the Middlebury faculty in 2006. She teaches courses in social theory, sociology of gender, sociology of freakishness, and sociology of heterosexuality. 

She writes the blog Love, Inc. for Psychology Today.

Her newest book, "American Plastic: Boob Jobs, Credit Cards, and Our Quest for Perfection," (Beacon, 2010) is a critique of neoliberal capitalism through cosmetic surgery.

Essig is the author of “Queer in Russia: A Story of Sex, Self, and the Other” (Duke University Press, 1999).  She has written on the freak show as the source of American popular culture as well as the importance of mermaids in structuring the heterosexual imagination in academic publications. She is also the author of  a variety of personal essays in places as varied as Salon, NPR's "All Things Considered," The Washington Post, and Legal Affairs.

Essig graduated from Franklin and Marshall College and received her M.I.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Laurie Essig in the news: The Chronicle of Higher EducationThe Washington Post