A LECTURE AND DISCUSSION WITH LYNN COMELLA, CO-EDITOR OF NEW VIEWS ON PORNOGRAPHY, SEXUALITY, POLITICS, AND THE LAW.
Dr. Comella is an Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at UNLV. An interdisciplinary scholar trained in cultural studies, her research examines a number of broad sociological themes, including the relationship between gender, sexual politics, marketplace culture, and consumer capitalism. She is part of a small but growing number of scholars whose research focuses on the cultural study of sexuality—an area that has special significance for a city like Las Vegas.
In addition to her numerous publications in peer-reviewed academic journals and books, Dr. Comella has researched and written more than 45 articles about sex and culture for local and national media outlets. She has reported on the state of sex education in Nevada, the history of prostitution in Las Vegas from 1905 - 1955, and the growth of women’s erotica, among other topics. Her public scholarship bridges the genres of academic and popular writing, allowing her to extend the impact and reach of her research beyond traditional venues of academic publishing. She is a regular media commentator, and lectures widely on issues related to gender and sexuality.