Kari Lerum (Ph.D. Sociology) is Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and Cultural Studies at University of Washington, Bothell, and Adjunct Professor in Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies at University of Washington, Seattle. Her scholarship centers on the study of social inequality, focusing on the intersections of sexuality, institutions, and culture. Her recent research has critically evaluated popular discourses about the "sexualization of girls," and discourses and policies about sex work and human trafficking. Her articles have appeared in a number of sociology and sexuality-related journals and edited volumes and she has a forthcoming book titled Sexuality: The Basics (Routledge). Her current research includes a community-based project with transgender sex workers. She is editor of the “Mediations” section of Contexts magazine, and she also writes for a variety of feminist and sexuality-related blogs.