Dr. Barb Brents

( University of Nevada, Las Vegas )


(702) 895-3322
  • Institution:University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Departments: sociology
  • Research Fields: Sexual Commerce, Gender/sexuality, Sex Work
  • Disciplines: Social Sciences, Sociology


I have been the Graduate Coordinator in the Sociology Department for three separate terms. I have supervised the PhD dissertations of more than 20 graduate students and have been a member of countless graduate committees in Sociology and departments in economics, art, history, gender studies, communications, psychology, political science, among others.


I apply research on sexual commerce to understand the politics of sexuality; the intersections of culture and economics; sexual markets and consumption; and the emotional and bodily labor of selling sex. My recent research compares the affects of different legal structures on the experiences of sex workers, and has compared the demand for sexual services in the US and UK.