Yaffa Schlesinger did her Ph.D. in the sociology of law at New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She has written on sex roles and social change in the Kibbutz, Hadassah (the National Zionist Women's Organization in America), the gay synagogue, and the Jewish response to AIDS. She teaches courses on deviance, the sociology of the family, and the sociology of art and is a co-editor of "Course Syllabi in the Sociology of Culture" published by the American Sociological Association. She has published an article ("Race, Sex, Class: Social Theory, Politics, and Arts") which discusses the controversial 1993 biennial exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art and also wrote on the Astor Court (the Chinese Ming Garden) in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has given seminars, directed independent studies and lectured on the sociology of the Jewish family.