Jessica Fields

Apart from her teaching and research postings at San Francisco State University, Jessica Fields, has served as Distinguished Fulbright Lecturing Chair in the York University Faculty of Education (Summer 2012). She is the author of Risky Lessons: Sex Education and Social Inequality (Rutgers University Press), a school-based ethnography that received the 2009 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award from the American Sociological Association¹s Race, Class, and Gender Section. She is currently writing her second book, Intimate Possibilities: Teaching and Learning about Sexuality with Incarcerated Women of Color, a study of the affective experience of participatory sexuality education and research. Dr. Fields recently completed a multi-year collaboration with U.S. policy advocates (led by the American Civil Liberties Union) seeking to shift the national debate over school-based sex education away from a focus on danger, risk, and prevention toward a discussion of justice and pleasure. She collaborates with Canadian colleagues at York University on a SSHRC-funded study, Affective Beginnings:LGBTQ Issues in Teacher Education, and is a member of the SDS School Liaison Committee.