Danielle Lindemann

Associate Professor of Sociology
Director of Graduate Studies


PhD in Sociology, Columbia University, 2010
Gender, sexuality, culture, deviance, and work

Danielle Lindemann is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology and a core faculty member in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her research focuses on gender, sexuality, and culture-- specifically as they relate to occupations. In particular, she analyzes non-normative ("deviant") behavior and the light that it can shed on broader social forces. Professor Lindemann's work has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Science & Medicine, Poetics, Work and Occupations, American Behavioral Scientist, Sex Roles, Labor Studies Journal, Sociological Perspectives, Sociological Forum, Sexualities, Women’s Health Issues, Social Currents, the International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology, and The Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. Professor Lindemann is also the author of Dominatrix: Gender, Eroticism, and Control in the Dungeon (University of Chicago Press, 2012) and Commuter Spouses: New Families in a Changing World (Cornell University Press, 2019). Her third book, tentatively titled True Story: What Reality TV Says about Us, is under contract with Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Professor Lindemann's research has been featured in media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, CNN.com, Billboard, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Harvard Business Review, Quartz, GOOD Magazine, BBC Capital, and WebMD. She has spoken about her work on National Public Radio and has written op-eds for Fortune, Newsweek, and Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning.

In her downtime, Professor Lindemann enjoys solving crossword puzzles and watching really, really terrible reality television.


Courses Taught at Lehigh:

SOC409: “Proseminar in Sociology,” graduate seminar (Fall 2019)

SOAN 112: "Development of Social Theory" (Spring 2018)

SOC138/ SOC090: "Sociology of Reality TV"

  • as 100-level class (Spring 2018)
  • as freshman seminar (Fall 2015, Fall 2016)

SOC401: "Classical Social Theory," graduate seminar (Fall 2017)

SOC/WGSS 364: "Sociology of the Family," writing intensive (Fall 2017, Fall 2018)

SOC/WGSS 396/496: "Bad Girls: Gender, Sexuality, Deviance" (Spring 2017, Fall 2018)

SOC001: “Introduction to Sociology” (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

SOC141: “Social Deviance and Social Control” (Spring 2016)

SOAN/WGSS 041/127: “Human Sexuality” (Fall 2015, Fall 2019)


Image: Cyndi Shattuck Photography