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John Jay College-CUNY
sex work, gender, sexuality, institutions, public policy, civic engagement, social movements
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About Me

Samantha Majic received her PhD in Government from Cornell University in 2009, and she currently an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at John Jay College/CUNY.

Her research interests are in gender and American politics, with specific interests in sex work, civic engagement, institutionalism, and the nonprofit sector.

Specific topics of study:

  • The sex worker rights movement in the United States
  • Policies to “end demand” for prostitution and sex trafficking, including so-called “john schools” and public awareness campaigns
  • Celebrities’ engagement in human trafficking awareness
  • Qualitative research methods, including discourse analysis, participant observation, and in-depth interviewing
Recent Publications


Majic, S. (2014). Sex Work Politics: From Protest to Service Provision. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press (American Governance: Politics, Policy and Public Law series)

  • Reviewed in Gender and Society, Perspectives on Politics, Human Rights Law Review, Politics and Gender, Labor and Society, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and Social Anthropology

Showden, C. & Majic, S. (Editors). (2014). Negotiating Sex Work: Unintended Consequences of Policy and Activism. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press

  • Reviewed in Perspectives on Politics, New Political Science, and Politics and Gender
 Peer Reviewed Articles & Book Chapters

Majic, S. (2015). ‘I’m Just a Woman. But I’ve Never Been a Victim’: Re-conceptualizing Prostitution Policy through the Complex Narrative. The Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy, 36(4), pp. 365-387.

Majic, S. (2015). Implementing “New” Norms? Examining “John School” Policies in the United States. Critical Policy Studies, 9(3), pp. 278-296

Majic, S. (2014). Participation Despite the Odds: Examining Sex Workers’ Political Engagement. New Political Science, 36(1), pp. 76-95

Majic, S. (2014). Beyond ‘Victim-Criminals’: Sex Workers, Nonprofit Organizations, and Gender Norm Resistance. Gender and Society, 28(3), pp. 463-485

Majic, S. (2014). Teaching Equality? ‘John Schools,’ Gender, and Institutional Reform. Polity, 46(1), pp. 5-30

Showden, C.R. & Majic, S. (2014). Introduction: The Politics of Sex Work. In Showden, C.R. & Majic, S (Eds). Negotiation Sex Work: Unintended Consequences of Policy and Activism. (Pp. xiii-xl). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Majic, S. (2011). Serving Sex Workers and Promoting Democratic Engagement: Re-thinking Nonprofits’ Role in American Civic and Political Life. Perspectives on Politics, 9(4), pp. 821-840

Majic, S. (2010). An Opportunity to Publicize the Private: Public Education Campaigns and Domestic Violence in Ontario. In Fong, J. (Ed) Out of the Shadows: Woman Abuse in Ethnic, Immigrant and Aboriginal Communities. (Pp. 29-58). Toronto: Women’s Press of Canada.

Mink, G., Majic, S. & Zarnow, L. (2008). Poverty Law and Income Support: from the Progressive Era to the War on Welfare. In Grossberg, M. & Tomlins, C. (Eds) Cambridge History of Law in the United States. (Pp. 359-376). New York: Cambridge University Press.


Media Coverage


Appeared on CUNY-TV (New York) and Globosat (Brazil) to discuss sex work issues.

Interviewed by many journalists regarding sex work-related issues.

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