Sinikka Elliott, Ph.D studies teen sexuality not as isolated from the larger culture but as intricately linked to it. Her book on parents’ beliefs about teen sexuality connects parents’ anxieties about their teenagers having sex to concerns about being a good parent, the risks of teen sexual activity, and their teenagers’ future economic and social status. Through her focus on the social and cultural conditions that make it easier (or harder) for parents to talk with their teens about sex, Elliott’s work brings attention to the culture of sexual fear in the United States and provides new ways of thinking and talking about teen sexuality that promote social justice and embrace young people as fully sexual subjects.
Elliott has a doctorate in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research has been published in top academic journals including Gender & Society, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Sexuality Research and Social Policy. She is the author of Not My Kid: What Parents Believe about the Sex Lives of Their Teenagers, a new book published by New York University Press.