Jessica Pfaffendorf

About Jessica Pfaffendorf

Jessica is a Ph.D. student in the sociology program at the University of Arizona. She received her Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN and her Master's degree in sociology from the University of Arizona.

Her research and teaching interests include inequality, social psychology, culture, gender, deviance, theory, and qualitative and experimental methods.

Selected Publications

Pfaffendorf, Jessica. 2017. “Sensitive Cowboys: Privileged Young Men and the Mobilization of Hybrid Masculinities in a Therapeutic Boarding School.” Gender & Society 31(2):197-222.

  • Forthcoming Reprint in Men’s Lives (10th Edition), edited by Michael Kimmel and Michael Messner. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • 2016 Raymond V. Bowers Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper, University of Arizona.
  • In the Press: Science Daily, Science Newsline, Psychology Central, MEL Magazine, UA News

Pfaffendorf, Jessica. Forthcoming (2017). "Reflections on Rehab: Navigating the Disparate System of Substance Abust Treatment." In Negotiating the Challenges of Conducting Deeply Personal Research. Eds Nowakowski, Alexandra and J.E. Sumerau. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Publishing Group.

Media Writing

Pfaffendorf, Jessica. 2017. “From Typical Dudes to Sensitive Men: Gender Dilemmas in a Therapeutic Boarding School.” Invited post for the Sociologists for Women in Society’s Gender & Society blog.


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Contact Information

Jessica Pfaffendorf
Graduate Instructor
Office: Social Sciences 416


Courses Taught

Research Methods

Gender Identities, Interactions and Relationships

Juvenile Delinquency

Individuals, Groups, and Society