Danielle Lindemann

Associate Professor of Sociology


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

Danielle Lindemann is an Associate Professor 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, True Story: What Reality TV Says about Us, will be published in February, 2022 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Professor Lindemann's research has been featured in media outlets such The New York Times, 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 Quartz, Fortune, NewsweekSalon, 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

Regular Courses

  • SOC001: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC090: Sociology of The Office (first-year seminar)
  • SOC090: Sociology of Reality TV (first-year seminar)
  • SOAN112: Development of Social Theory
  • SOAN/WGSS 127 (formerly 041): Human Sexuality
  • SOC138: Sociology of Reality TV (converted from first-year seminar)
  • SOC 141: Social Deviance and Social Control
  • SOC/WGSS 364: Sociology of the Family (Writing Intensive class)
  • SOC/WGSS 396/496: “Bad Girls”: Gender, Sexuality, Deviance
  • SOC 401: Classical Social Theory (graduate seminar)
  • SOC409: Proseminar in Sociology (graduate seminar)
  • SOC412: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (graduate seminar)

Individualized Courses/Capstones

  • SOC300: Apprentice Teaching
  • SOC371: Special Topics
  • SOC393: Supervised Research
  • SOC395: Supervised Internship
  • WGSS271: Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Independent Study

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