Sharon S. Oselin
Sharon S. Oselin

Associate Professor

Office: 1215 Watkins Hall
Phone: (951) 827-5618
Fax: (951) 827-3330
E-mail: sharon.oselin@ucr.edu

Curriculum Vitae


Sharon is an Associate Professor of Sociology, the Associate Director of the Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies, Affiliated faculty of the Labor Studies Program, and a member of the UC Consortium on Social Science and Law. She earned her PhD from UC Irvine and is a past fellow of the American Association of University Women.

Her research interests encompass criminology, gender, social movements, organizations and culture. Much of her work focuses on the intersections of crime, deviance, and gender, with a particular emphasis on sex work. Sharon is the author of Leaving Prostitution: Getting Out and Staying Out of Sex Work (2014, NYU Press), but has also published articles on entrance pathways into prostitution by age of onset, how organizations and social controls affect identity and desistance, violence and adaptive responses within the street-based sex trade (for both men and women), and the factors that determine whether non-profit organizations engage in advocacy or service provision on behalf of sex workers. In terms of her social movement research, she assessed how community-based features undergird prolonged anti-war protest participation, and developed a comparative study about the factors that influence pro- and anti-war movement/counter-movement framing, recruitment and outcomes. Her gender research includes a paper that investigates how gender, culture, and religion shape Arab-American women’s educational and employment decisions. Additionally, an ongoing study examines how men “borrow” status and devise masculinity through their relationships with other men.

Sharon is currently working on a qualitative project that explores how gentrification impacts those engaged in the illicit shadow economy. To do so, she draws on the cases of trans and cisgender female street sex workers in two different neighborhoods in Washington DC.


Oselin, Sharon S. 2018. “Challenging Stigma: Identity Work among Male Sex Workers in a Recovery Program.” Sociological Perspectives 61(2): 240-256.

Brady, David, Sharon S. Oselin, and Kim M. Blankenship. 2018. “Material Deprivation among Female Sex Workers in India.” In Handbook of Research on In-Work Poverty, edited by Henning Lohmann and Ive Marx. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Oselin, Sharon S. and Jennifer Cobbina. 2017. “Holding Their Own: Female Sex Workers’ Perceptions of Safety Strategies.” In Challenging Perspectives in Street Based Sex Work, edited by Katie Hail-Jares, Corey Shdaimah, and Chrysanthi Leon. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.


Appointed co-director of the Presley Center for Crime and Socio-legal Studies.

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