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Valerie Feldman



Ph.D.    University of California Davis, Sociology – 2014 (expected)

Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory & Research

Dissertation: "Shifting Struggles in the Governance of U.S. Sex Commerce: An Organizational Economy of Victims, Deviants, and Workers."

Committee: Michael McQuarrie (chair), John Hall, Maxine Craig.

M.A.      University of California Davis, Sociology – 2008

B.S.      James Madison University, Anthropology and Biology – 2004


For complete CV: http://ucdavis.academia.edu/ValerieFeldman/CurriculumVitae

Research and Teaching Interests

Social change; sexuality, gender, race, and class; organizations; cultural politics; qualitative methods; theory.


Book Chapters

(Forthcoming 2014). “Sex Work Politics and the Internet: Forging Local and Translocal Political Communities Through the Blogosphere.” Pp. XXX-XXX in Negotiating Sex Work: Unintended Consequences of Policy and Activism, edited volume (Ed. Samantha Majic and Carisa Showden) Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Policy Brief

2013. Okamoto, Dina, Valerie Feldman and Melanie Jones-Gast. “Creating Ties for Mobility: The Role of Community Organizations for Immigrant Parents in Urban, Poor Neighborhoods.” UC Davis Center for Poverty Research.


2010. “Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP's Fight Against AIDS (review).” Social Forces 89(2): 709-710.

In Progress

Feldman, Valerie. “Crossing Boundaries and Managing Risk: Hierarchies of Authority in the Field of Prostitution Governance.”

Feldman, Valerie. “Sowing the Seeds of Change: Strategic collective action, framing, and shifting developments in political opportunities for sex worker rights and anti-trafficking movements.”

With Dina Okamoto and Melanie Jones-Gast. “Managing Racial/Ethnic Diversity Through Culturally Competent Programming in Community-Based Youth Organizations.”