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I joined the Sociology Department in 1996, and now primarily teach Introductory Sociology, the Sociology Capstone, and Criminology, as well as a new course added in Fall 2018 called Decoding Disney. My teaching reflects a multidisciplinary approach that connects theories and concepts to modern day issues. I strive to show students how to develop their interests in a variety of topics. While the Sociology Capstone entails my supervision of student research posters, I am also proud of the 36 papers co-authored with students in a range of academic journals. These papers and the research posters of every graduating senior in Sociology reflect some of the ways that I seek to empower students at McDaniel College.


Sc.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
M.H.S. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
B.A. in Human Biology, Stanford University

Research Interests

  • Race and gender intersectionality

  • Racial and ethnic stereotypes

  • Hypermasculinity

  • Gender roles

  • Assimilation

  • Cultural factors in health care

Recent Courses

  • SOC 2205: Criminology

  • SOC 4494: Critical Inquiry in Sociology (Capstone)

  • FYS 1235: Decoding Disney

Selected Publications

  • Sierra Brewer and Lauren Dundes. 2018. Concerned, Meet Terrified: Intersectional Feminism and the Women's March. Women's Studies International Forum, 69: 49-55.

  • Adam Reid and Lauren Dundes. 2017. Bystander Programs: Accommodating or Derailing Sexism? Behavioral Sciences, 2017, 7(4), 65; doi:10.3390/bs7040065.

  • Valerie Lamb and Lauren Dundes. 2017. Not Haitian: Exploring the Roots of Dominican Identity. Social Sciences 6(4): 132.

  • Kristyn Rohrer and Lauren Dundes. 2016. Sharing the Load: Amish Healthcare Financing. Healthcare 2016, 4(4), 92; doi:10.3390/healthcare4040092.

  • Lauren Dundes and Madeline Streiff. 2016. Reel Royal Diversity? The Glass Ceiling in Disney's Mulan and Princess and the Frog. Societies 2016, 6(4), 35; doi:10.3390/soc6040035.

Clubs and community involvement

  • Editorial Board, Behavioral Sciences

  • Editorial Board, Social Sciences

Awards and Honors

  • Winner of the McDaniel College Scholarly Publications Award for 10 consecutive years

  • Ira G. Zepp Distinguished Teaching Award

Contact Prof. Dundes