About Me

Danielle Lindemann, Leigh University

I’m a sociologist who studies gender, sexuality, the family, and culture– particularly as they relate to occupations.  Specifically, I analyze non-normative (“deviant”) behaviors and how they illuminate core features of social life.

I received my BA from Princeton University in 2002, my PhD from Columbia University in 2010, and I’m currently an Associate Professor of Sociology at Lehigh University.

I am the author of two books: 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).  My third book, True Story: What Reality TV Says about Us, is forthcoming in February 2022 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.  True Story has been listed as a “Most Anticipated” book of 2022 by both Literary Hub and Vulture.     

My work has also been published in scholarly journals such as Social Science & Medicine, the Journal of Marriage and FamilyPoetics, Work and Occupations, American Behavioral Scientist, Men and Masculinities, Sex Roles, Labor Studies Journal, Sociological Perspectives, Sociological Forum, Sexualities, Women’s Health Issues, and Social Currents.  

My research has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The EconomistThe Atlantic, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, CNN, and Rolling Stone.  I’ve spoken about my work on National Public Radio and have written opinion pieces for CNN, Newsweek, Salon, Fortune, Quartz, and Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning.

I’ve taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, on topics such as gender, sexuality, the family, and popular culture, as well as general interest sociology courses, including Introduction to Sociology, Classical Theory, and Research Methods.  I have won awards for my teaching and mentorship.  

In my downtime, I’m a fan of crossword puzzles and really, really terrible reality television.

You can follow me on Twitter @djlindee

Image: Cyndi Shattuck Photography