Sinikka Elliott

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Associate Professor

Teaching and Research Interests

Family, Inequality, Gender, Sexuality, Life Course, Feminist Theory, Qualitative Research Methods, Intersectionality



Elliott, Sinikka. 2012.  Not My Kid: What Parents Believe about the Sex Lives of Their Teenagers.  New York:  New York University Press.    

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Peer-Reviewed Articles

"Marking Time in Ethnography: Uncovering Temporal Dispositions." With Josephine McKelvy and Sarah Bowen. Ethnography, forthcoming. [Access Article Online]

"The Superstrong Black Mother." With Megan Reid. Contexts, 15(1) 2016:48-53. [Access Article Online]

"'It's Like Being in Church and Being on a Field Trip': The Date Versus Party Situation in College Students' Accounts of Hooking Up." With Julie Reid and Gretchen Webber. Symbolic Interaction, 38(2) 2015:175-194. [Access Article Online]

"Being a Good Mom: Low-Income, Black Single Mothers Negotiate Intensive Mothering." With Rachel Powell and Joslyn Brenton. Journal of Family Issues, 36(3) 2015:351-370.  [Access Article Online]

"The Joy of Cooking?" With Sarah Bowen and Joslyn Brenton.  Contexts, 13(3) 2014:20-25. [Access Article Online]

"'Who's to Blame?' Constructing the Responsible Sexual Agent in Neoliberal Sex Education.  Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 11(3) 2014: 211-224. [Access Article Online]

"Undoing Gender?: The Case of Complementary and Alternative Medicine." With Joslyn Brenton. Sociology of Health and Illness, 36(1) 2014: 91-107. [Access Article Online]

"Raising Teenagers in Hostile Environments:  How Race, Class, and Gender Matter for Mothers’ Protective Carework."  With Elyshia Aseltine. Journal of Family Issues 34(6) 2013: 719-744. [Access Article Online]

"Casual Hookups to Formal Dates: Refining the Boundaries of the Sexual Double Standard." With Julie Reid and Gretchen Webber. Gender & Society 25(5) 2011: 545-568. [Access Article Online]

“'We Want Them to Be as Heterosexual as Possible': Fathers Talk about Their Teen Children’s Sexuality." With Nicholas Solebello. Gender & Society 25(3) 2011: 293-315. [Access Article Online]

"Talking to Teens about Sex:  Mothers Negotiate Resistance, Discomfort, and Ambivalence."  Sexuality Research and Social Policy 7(4) 2010: 310-322. [Access Article Online]

"Parents’ Constructions of Teen Sexuality:  Sex Panics, Contradictory Discourses, and Social Inequality."  Symbolic Interaction 33(2) 2010: 191-212. [Access Article Online]

“'If I Could Really Say That and Get Away with It!':  Accountability and Ambivalence in American Parents’ Sexuality Lessons in the Age of Abstinence."  Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning 10(3) 2010: 239-250.

"Beyond the Birds and the Bees:  Learning Inequality through Sexuality Education." With Catherine Connell.  American Journal of Sexuality Education 4(2) 2009: 83-102.

"Commitment without Marriage:  Union Formation among Long-Term Gay and Lesbian Couples." With Corinne Reczek and Debra Umberson.  Journal of Family Issues 30(6) 2009: 738-756. [Access Article Online]

"The Performance of Desire: Gender and Sexual Negotiation in Long-Term Marriages." With Debra Umberson. Journal of Marriage and Family 70, 2008:391-406. [Access Article Online]


  • PhD in Sociology from University of Texas at Austin, 2008
  • MA in Sociology from University of Texas at Austin, 2002
  • BA (with honors) in Sociology from Dalhousie University, 1992