Dr. Corinne Schwarz is an Assistant Professor of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies at Oklahoma State University. She received her Ph.D. with honors in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Kansas in May 2018. Her research broadly involves sociolegal approaches to understanding gender, sexuality, violence, and frontline work. 

Dr. Schwarz's book project, Policing Victimhood: Human Trafficking, Frontline Work, and the Carceral State, explores the role of service providers within larger anti-trafficking mechanisms, as well as their mobilization of particular ideologies of incarceration, punishment, and justice. Corinne QRL code

Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation. She has also been published in an interdisciplinary range of journals, including Health and Human Rights JournalFeminist Formations, and Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work. She was selected as one of OSU's Center for the Humanities Research Group Fellows for the 2023 - 2024 academic year. Outside of work, Dr. Schwarz enjoys baking, weightlifting, and spending time with her cats, Jasper and Dot.


  • B.A. in English, Truman State University
  • M.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas
  • Ph.D. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas

Research Interests

  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Human Trafficking
  • Punishment and Social Control
  • Frontline Work/Street-Level Bureaucracy Theory
  • Reproductive Justice
  • Feminist Methods

Selected Citations

  • Corinne Schwarz. 2021. “Client Care Strategies, Stressors, and Solutions in Frontline Anti‐Trafficking Work.” Gender, Work & Organization 28.2: 523-546. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12586
  • Corinne Schwarz, Chong Xing, Hannah E. Britton, and Paul E. Johnson. OnlineFirst November 2020. “A Prototype Comparison of the Risk Indicators in Human Trafficking: U.S. Midwest Frontline Workers’ Perceptions.” Journal of Human Trafficking https://doi.org/10.1080/23322705.2020.1834772
  • Corinne Schwarz. OnlineFirst October 2020. “‘I Can be Big Sister, Even if You Can't be Big Brother:’ Spectatorship and Punishment in Anti-Trafficking Efforts.” Critical Criminology https://doi.org/10.1007/s10612-020-09530-4