Lynn S. Chancer received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (1989) and her B.A. in History from Princeton University (1978). She has written numerous books and articles on diverse topics concerning social theory, social movements and issues involving class as well as race/ethnicity and class. One of her major interests is also the study of crime, law and deviance. She teaches at both the undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. levels.
Chancer’s books range from *Sadomasochism in Everyday Life: Dynamics of Power and Powerlessness* (Rutgers University Press, 1992). Her study of feminist sex debates over pornography, prostitution, beauty, and sadomasochism in *Reconcilable Differences: Confronting Beauty, Pornography and the Future of Feminism* (University of California Press, 1998) received the Honorable Mention Award from the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association. Based on a course she teaches of the same name, Chancer has also written a book on *Gender, Race and Class: An Overview* with Beverly Watkins (Blackwell Publishers, 2006). Most recently, with John Andrews, she has co-edited an 18 essay volume in the area of psychosocial studies called *The Unhappy Divorce of Sociology and Psychoanalysis* (London Palgrave, 2014), and is working on another book on the future of contemporary feminisms.
Chancer was the US, Canadian and Latin American editor of *Theoretical Criminology* from 2002 to 2008. She has run five mini-conferences on psychosocial studies through the American Sociological Association, and has been active as a Program Chair and mini-conference organizer for the Eastern Sociological Society. She has also guest-edited special issues and sections for *Theoretical Criminology* and *Feminist Criminology* (in process).