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Laurie Essig

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

Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Sociologist

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Topics she can discuss include:

  • Race
  • Plastic surgery & economics
  • Pop culture
  • Romantic love in economy and culture
  • Sociology, gender, and sexuality
  • Queer studies
  • Queer in Russia and sexual minorities in Russia

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About Laurie Essig

Laurie Essig joined the Middlebury faculty in 2006. She teaches courses in heterosexuality, white people, freakishness, and feminist blogging.

Her next book, "Love, Inc.: Dating Apps, the Big White Wedding, and Chasing the Happily Neverafter" (University of California Press), will be published in February 2019.

Essig is the author of "American Plastic: Boob Jobs, Credit Cards, and Our Quest for Perfection," (Beacon, 2010). She is also the author of “Queer in Russia: A Story of Sex, Self, and the Other” (Duke University Press, 1999). Essig has written on the freak show as the source of American popular culture. 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 (via The Conversation)