Dr. Schlegel is a Professor Emerita of Anthropology. Her work on adolescence began when she was doing field research on kinship and gender relations on the Hopi Indian Reservation. After publishing Adolescence: An Anthropological Inquiry (1991) with Herbert Barry, she researched adolescent blue-collar industrial apprentices in Germany and adolescent participation in civic organizations in Italy. She continues to further analyze the cross-cultural data first reported in 1991 and to publish on topics related to adolescence across cultures. She is a founding member of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.