Amy Schalet is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a specialist on adolescent sexuality and culture in comparative perspective. Her award-winning book, Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens, and the Culture of Sex (University of Chicago Press), examines the regulation of adolescent sexuality in American and Dutch families. Probing our child-rearing for what it tells us about our culture, Not Under My Roof offers an unprecedented, intimate account of the different ways that girls and boys in both countries negotiate sex, love, and growing up. Schalet has worked closely with physicians and others on new approaches to sexual health promotion for adolescents. She has served on the boards of national and local health organizations, consulted with community groups and the media, and collaborated on clinical and educational materials. Schalet has delivered plenary addresses and trainings at the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Michigan Departments of Public Health and Education, the STD-prevention branch of the Centers for Disease Control, among many others. Schalet was awarded the American Sociological Association Children and Youth Section’s 2012 Distinguished Scholarly Research Award for Not Under My Roof, and the 2012 Carol Mendez Cassell Award for Excellence in Sexuality Education from the Healthy Teen Network.
She has written opinion pieces for the New York Times and the Washington Post, and her research has been featured in such online publications as Slate and Salon. Schalet has been awarded grants and fellowships from, among others, the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.