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Samantha Majic


Samantha Majic (PhD: Government, Cornell University) is Professor of Political Science at John
Jay College-CUNY, and a member of the doctoral faculty in the Political Science and Criminal
Justice programs at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research lies in gender and American
politics, with specific interests in sex work, celebrity and politics, and civic engagement. She is
the author of Sex Work Politics: From Protest to Service Provision (University of Pennsylvania
Press), co-author (with Carisa Showden) of Youth Who Trade Sex in the US: Agency,
Intersectionality, and Vulnerability (Temple University Press), and the co-editor (with Carisa
Showden) of Negotiating Sex Work: Unintended Consequences of Policy and
Activism (University of Minnesota Press). Her most recent book, Lights, Camera, Feminism?
Celebrities and Anti-Trafficking Politics, was published with the University of California Press
in May 2023. Her research has also appeared in numerous political science and gender studies
journals. A Fellow of the American Association of University Women, and a Woodhull Freedom
Foundation grantee, Dr. Majic is also a member of the editorial boards for The American
Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, Sexuality Research and Social Policy,
and Critical Policy Studies.

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