About

Barb Brents is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a co-author of Paying for Sex in the Digital Age (Routledge Press 2020) and The State of Sex: Tourism, Sex and Sin in the New American Heartland (Routledge Press, 2010).


Barb Brents studies sexuality, gender and politics in market culture.

Brents’ research uses a political economy lens to study sex and gender in market culture. Her recent work uses the sex industry as a site to understand the intersections of culture and economics — including the construction of “market morality” in political debates around sexuality; the relation between tourism, consumption and sexuality; the emotional and bodily labor of selling sex; and consuming sex.

Brents’ research and teaching interests include political sociology, gender and sexuality, urban sociology, and public sociology. She teaches undergraduate classes on Principles of Sociology (online on WebCampus), Sociology of Gender, Sex and Social Arrangements, and graduate level seminars in Political Sociology and the Sociology of Sexuality.