Law and Society
Department Chair:
Ronald Kahn

Phone: (440) 775-8495

Rice Hall, Room 216

Oberlin, OH, 44074

Greggor Mattson

Greggor Mattson
Contact Information


King Building 305C
(440) 775-5253

Personal Office Hours:
W 1:30-4:30 Or by appointment

Greggor Mattson

Greggor Mattson

Greggor Mattson

Educational Background

  • BA Sociology, The George Washington University (1997)
  • MPhil Sociology, Oxford University (1999)
  • PhD Sociology, University of California, Berkeley (2008)

My research investigates the public regulation of private pleasures, especially how communities try to control sexuality or alcohol. My work has appeared in Urban Studies, The American Journal of Cultural Sociology, City & Community, and the Annual Review of Sociology, among others.

Courses I teach include urban sociology, the sociology of sexuality, law & society, and seminars on alcohol and prostitution. In all of these we focus on writing skills, argumentation, and the interaction between sociological methods and cultural theory, particularly through the work of W. I. Thomas, Pierre Bourdieu, and Michel Foucault.

I am the author of The Cultural Politics of European Prostitution Reform: Governing Loose Women (Palgrave, 2016). It analyzes recent European conflicts over prostitution regulation, research that was funded in part by a Fulbright Scholarship to the European Union and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. I employed undergraduate researchers to help me with this project, training them to work with recorded interview data and construct databases to track legal changes across countries and international organizations. Our lab was called Prostitution Research: Understanding Debates in European Societies.

I grew up in a small Washington town in the Pacific Northwest, but have lived in Berlin, Helsinki, Oakland, Washington DC and Brussels. My other research interests include Scandinavian nationalisms, the Progressive Era (1880-1920), and sexuality & gentrification. I blog at and tweet @greggormattsonTervetuloa virkani!