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") behaviors and the light they can shed on social life "at the center."  

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, Sex Roles, American Behavioral Scientist, Labor Studies Journal, Contexts, Sociological Perspectives, Sociological Forum, Sexualities, Women's Health IssuesSocial Currents, the International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology, and The Columbia Journal of Gender and Law.  She is also the author of Dominatrix: Gender, Eroticism, and Control in the Dungeon (Chicago 2012).  Based on in-depth interviews with women who work as professional dominatrices in New York City and San Francisco, the book focuses on the ways in which this unexpected social space can shed light on the dynamics of gender, work, and power more generally.   

She is currently completing her second book: an interview project about spouses who live apart for work-related reasons.  The book, Commuter Spouses: New Families in a Changing World, is in production at Cornell University Press. 

Professor Lindemann's research has been featured in outlets such as The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Billboard, Quartz, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Pacific Standard, the Toronto Star, the Courier-Post, GOOD Magazine, WebMD, and thinkprogress.org.  She has spoken about her work on National Public Radio, and she has written op-eds for Fortune magazine (invited), Newsweek, and Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning. 

In her downtime, Professor Lindemann enjoys crossword puzzles and 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)

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

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