Associate Professor of Sociology, Director of the Public Engagement Project, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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, Nov, 2011), examines the regulation of adolescent sexuality in American and Dutch families. 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. She has written opinion pieces for The New York Times and The Washington Post, and her research has been featured in such publications as Wired Magazine, Time and Salon. She has been awarded several grants from the Ford Foundation. Schalet was awarded the Children and Youth Section’s 2012 Distinguished Scholarly Research Award and the Family Section’s 2013 Goode Award from the American Sociological Association for Not Under My Roof, and the 2012 Carol Mendez Cassell Award for Excellence in Sexuality Education from the Healthy Teen Network. Schalet is also director of the Public Engagement Project at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, which helps researchers disseminate their work outside the academy to, among others, policy makers, practitioner groups, social movements, and the media. Schalet holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a doctorate from the University of California–Berkeley.


  • 2012–2016
    Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts