Brothel Economies and the Archaeology of Sex Work

Professor Jade Luiz, Metropolitan State University

Free to the public

Online Webinar


Nineteenth-century sites of sex work occupied a complex niche within the broader urban landscape. These spaces operated as much on the creation of a fantasy environment as the sexual acts on offer. Using the historical archaeology of a nineteenth century brothel in Boston, Massachusetts, Jade Luiz will delve into the history of nineteenth century prostitution, focusing on the daily, lived experiences of brothel residents by examining the objects and historical documents that remain.


Dr. Jade Luiz received her PhD from Boston University, writing her dissertation on the archaeology of an Endicott Street brothel in Boston’s North End neighborhood. She has recently been appointed Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Metropolitan State University of Denver and looks forward to exploring the archaeology of sex work further in collaboration with her students and the Denver community.

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