Last updated on: 9/1/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Barbara G. Brents, PhD Biography

Title:
Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“If the laws are done right, decriminalization [of prostitution] is a better alternative because women can be their own boss. In a perfect world, there is no reason women can’t set up shop and run their own businesses the same way a therapist would.”

New York Times, Sep. 14, 2004

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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of prostitution. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to prostitution issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Co-Founder, Sex and Body Industry Research (S.A.B.I.R.) Project
  • Council Member, Section on Political Sociology, American Sociological, Association, 2004-present
  • Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1987-present
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1994-1995
  • Instructor, Department of Sociology, University of Missouri, 1983-1986
  • Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2001
  • President, Nevada Chapter, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 1996-2000
  • Founding Secretary, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, 1994-1995
  • Boardmember, Citizen Alert, 1993-1994
Education:
  • PhD, Sociology, University of Missouri, 1987
  • MA, Sociology, University of Missouri, 1983
  • Attended University of Warwick, England, 1983
  • BA, Journalism, University of Missouri, 1978
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Would Legal Prostitution Better Protect Prostitutes from Violence?