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

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?