Lynn Comella

Professor, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Expertise: Gender and Sexuality Studies, Adult Entertainment Industry, Pornography, Popular Culture


Lynn Comella is a professor of gender and sexuality studies in the department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies. An expert on the adult entertainment industry, her research explores a number of broad sociological themes, including the relationship between gender, sexual politics, and consumer culture.

Her work on the history of the women’s market for sex toys and pornography has been published in the International Journal of Communication, Porn Studies, Feminist Media Studies, The Feminist Porn Book, Sex for Sale, and New Sociologies of Sex Work, among other venues. She has also published more than 50 articles about sex and culture in local and national media outlets, including Bitch magazine and Pacific Standard.

She is the author of Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure (Duke University Press, 2017) and co-editor of New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law (Praeger, 2015). Comella was the recipient of the 2015 Nevada Regents’ Rising Researcher Award in recognition of early-career accomplishments and is a frequent media commentator.


  • Ph.D., Communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • M.A., Gender Studies and Feminist Theory, The New School for Social Research
  • B.A., Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University

Lynn Comella In The News

Future of Sex
October 25, 2021
In 2018, Facebook removed a photo of the Venus of Willendorf after it deemed the 25,000-year-old figurine pornographic
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2021
Liz Flynt doesn’t mind being called a pornographer.
Teller Report
September 13, 2021
In Vienna, a singer converted to feminist porn Vienna leaving lyric to get into porn?
September 13, 2021
Seven years ago, Adrineh Simonian bowed out of a successful career as an opera singer to produce pornography instead.

Articles Featuring Lynn Comella

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Campus News | June 8, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.

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Campus News | February 3, 2021

A collection of news stories from the new year highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

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Research | September 20, 2017

Professor Lynn Comella on the adult store industry, a highly profitable segment of popular culture that scholars and policymakers know surprisingly little about.

Business and Community | October 28, 2014

We're celebrating the state's sesquicentennial with some fun facts and insightful observations from UNLV professors.