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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Special Journal Issue

“Neoliberalism in Sexuality Research and Social Policy” special issue of Sexuality Research and Social Policy (2016) Issue 13. With Patrick Grzanka and Emily Mann. 

  • "The Neoliberalism Wars, or Notes on the Persistence of Neoliberalism.” With Patrick Grzanka and Emily Mann. Special issue introduction, Sexuality Research and Social Policy 13:297-307. DOI: 10.1007/s13178-016-0255-8

 Peer-Reviewed Articles

"Brothermothering: Gender, Power, and the Parenting Strategies of Low-income Black Single Mothers of Teenagers." With Joslyn Brenton and Rachel Powell. Social Problems, forthcoming. 

"Black and Latino Urban Food Desert Residents' Perceptions of their Food Environemtn and Factors that Influence Food Shopping Decisions." With Lillian MacNell, Annie Hardison-Moody, and Sarah Bowen. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, forthcoming. [Access Article Online]

"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]

  • Reprinted in Gender, Sexuality, and Intimacy: A Contexts Reader. 2017. O’Brien, Jody and Arlene Stein (Eds), Thousand Oaks: Sage. 

"'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]

  • Reprinted in Gender, Sexuality, and Intimacy: A Contexts Reader. 2017. O’Brien, Jody and Arlene Stein (Eds), Thousand Oaks: Sage. 

"'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