Kathryn Pataki

Kathryn's research interests fall broadly into the categories of sex and gender, political sociology, and social movements. More specifically, her work revolves around sex workers’ and sex trafficking survivors’ rights and questions surrounding bodily autonomy. She is interested in global sex workers’ rights movements and their relation to capitalism, colonialism, sex and gender disparities, and sexual freedoms. Her masters thesis focused on the legal system in in their Netherlands and how sex workers conceptualized their autonomy as citizens and sexual beings. Along with being a researcher, she considers herself to be a sex workers’ and sex trafficking survivors’ rights activist. 

Education & Training

  • MA in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, 2020
  • BA in Sociology and Women and Gender Studies from Syracuse University, 2018

Representative Publications

Pataki, Kathryn Ariella and Kristenne M. Robison. 2018. “The Concept of Choice” P. 39-43 in Sex Trafficking: Feminist and Transnational Perspectives. New York: Springer.

Research Interests

  • Sex and Gender
  • Politcal Sociology
  • Social Movements