Danielle Lindemann

Assistant Professor of Sociology


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

Danielle Lindemann joined the Lehigh faculty in fall 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology 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). Her second book, Commuter Spouses: New Families in a Changing World, is forthcoming from Cornell University Press in March, 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, the Pacific Standard, Quartz, GOOD Magazine, WebMD, and thinkprogress.org. 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:

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: “Human Sexuality” (Fall 2015)




Image: Cyndi Shattuck Photography