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Sexual citizens: A landmark study of sex, power and assault on campus

Sexual citizens: A landmark study of sex, power and assault on campus,” by Shamus Khan, Ph.D., chair and professor of sociology at Columbia University.

The fear of campus sexual assault has become an inextricable part of the college experience. Research has shown that by the time they graduate, as many as one in three women and almost one in six men will have been sexually assaulted. But why is sexual assault such a common feature of college life? And what can be done to prevent it?

Drawing on the Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation (SHIFT) at Columbia University, the most comprehensive study of sexual assault on a campus to date, Shamus Khan will present an entirely new framework that emphasizes sexual assault’s social roots—transcending current debates about consent, predators in a “hunting ground,” and the dangers of hooking up.

Sexual Citizens is based on years of research interviewing and observing college life—with students of different races, genders, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Shamus Khan writes on culture, inequality, gender, and elites. He is the author of over 90 articles, books, and essays, including Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School (Princeton), The Practice of Research (Oxford, with Dana Fisher), Approaches to Ethnography: Modes of Representation and Analysis in Participant Observation (Oxford, with Colin Jerolmack), and Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus (W.W. Norton, with Jennifer Hirsch).

He was a co-Principal Investigator of SHIFT, a multi-year study of sexual health and sexual violence at Columbia University. He directed the working group on the political influence of economic elites at the Russell Sage Foundation, is the series editor of “The Middle Range” at Columbia University Press, and served as the editor of the journal Public Culture.

He writes regularly for the popular press such as the New Yorker, the New York Times, Washington Post, and has served as a columnist for Time Magazine.

In 2016 he was awarded Columbia University’s highest teaching honor, the Presidential Teaching Award, and in 2018 he was awarded the Hans L. Zetterberg Prize from Uppsala University in Sweden for “the best sociologist under 40”. 

Tuesday, February 18 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Hallie E. Ford Center For Healthy Children and Families, 115
2631 SW Campus Way, Corvallis, OR 97330

Event Type

Lecture or Presentation

Event Topic

Research

Audience

Faculty and Staff, Student, Graduate, Undergraduate

County

Benton

Website

https://health.oregonstate.edu/seminars

Organization
College of Public Health and Human Sciences
Hashtag

#cphhs

Contact Name

Marie Harvey

Contact Email

Marie.Harvey@oregonstate.edu

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