Jamie O’Quinn is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research and teaching interests include sexualities, gender, race, youth and adolescence, the family, queer theory, and qualitative methods.
She received her master’s in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University in 2016. For her MA thesis, Jamie conducted a queer analysis of an LGBTQ-inclusive sexuality education curriculum, understanding how progressive visions of sexuality education envision young people’s sexual futures. This paper, co-authored with Jessica Fields, is now published at Sexuality Research and Social Policy.
Her dissertation research investigates child marriage in the United States, exploring how state efforts to regulate young people’s sexualities are gendered and racialized. Her work looks at the apparent contradiction between statutory rape and child marriage laws, understanding how girls’ legal right to consent is constructed by institutions of the state and the family. You can see her essay, “Child Marriage and Sexual Violence in the United States,” in Sociological Studies of Children and Youth.
Jamie is also a Graduate Fellow and the former manager of the Urban Ethnography Lab, a Graduate Affiliate of the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, and is completing a doctoral portfolio in Women’s and Gender Studies.