Professor Lauren Dundes

Professor Lauren Dundes illustration


  • Race and gender intersectionality
  • Racial and ethnic stereotypes
  • Hypermasculinity
  • Gender roles
  • Assimilation
  • Cultural factors in health care


Exemplar Research Collaborations with Students

  • Magnuson, Melissa Joy, and Lauren Dundes. Gender differences in “social portraits” reflected in MySpace profiles. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 2008, 11(2): 239-241.

This paper built on Melissa’s senior capstone research that examined gender differences in the online presentation of self.

  • Kallon, Isata, and Lauren Dundes. The Cultural Context of the Sierra Leonean Mende Woman as Patient. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 2010, 21(3): 228-236.

Isata interviewed Sierra Leonean immigrants who had experienced culturally-based difficulties when using the US health care system.

Kristyn Rohrer studied the Amish exemption to ObamaCare based on her interviews of members of the Amish community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

  • Dundes, Lauren, Eunice Cho, and Spencer Kwak. The duty to succeed: Honor versus happiness in college and career choices of East Asian students in the United States. Pastoral Care in Education, 2009, 27(2): 135-156.

Students Eunice Cho and Spencer Kwak examined cultural differences in parental expectations and priorities in their children’s education and careers.

  • Smith, Melanie K., and Lauren Dundes. The implications of gender stereotypes for the dentist-patient relationship. Journal of Dental Education, 2008, 72(5): 562-570.

Melanie, who went on to dental school, assessed whether traditionally based gender stereotypes are applied to dentists in order to elucidate patient expectations related to the clinician-patient relationship.

  • Vivian, Carrie, and Lauren Dundes. The crossroads of culture and health among the Roma (Gypsies). Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2004,36(1): 86-91.

Carrie talked to health care practitioners about their experiences in treating Roma patients.

  • Rajapaksa, Sushama, and Lauren Dundes. It's a long way home: International student adjustment to living in the United States. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2002, 4(1): 15-28.

Sushama gathered survey data from international students about homesickness. This paper has been cited by other scholars approximately 200 times.

Collaborations with colleagues include:

Harlow, Roxanna, and Lauren Dundes. "“United” we stand: Responses to the September 11 attacks in black and white. Sociological Perspectives, 2004, 47(4): 439-464.

Dundes, Lauren, and Bill Spence. If Ida known: The speaker versus the speech in judging black dialect. Teaching Sociology, 2007, 35(1): 85-93.

Smith, Richard M., and Lauren Dundes. Reticent on race: Promoting constructive discussions about race in a college classroom. Race and Pedagogy Journal: Teaching and Learning for Justice, 2016, 1(3): 2. 

Analysis of Disney movies:

Dundes, Lauren, and Alan Dundes. The trident and the fork: Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ as a male construction of an Electral fantasy. Psychoanalytic Studies, 2000, 2(2): 117-130.

Dundes, Lauren. Disney’s modern heroine Pocahontas: revealing age-old gender stereotypes and role discontinuity under a façade of liberation."The Social Science Journal, 2001, 38(3): 353-365.

Dundes, Lauren, and Alan Dundes. Young hero Simba defeats old villain Scar: Oedipus wrecks the Lyin’ King." The Social Science Journal, 2006, 43(3): 479-485.

Dundes, Lauren, and Madeline Streiff. Reel royal diversity? The glass ceiling in Disney’s Mulan and Princess and the Frog. Societies, 2016, 6(4): 35.

Streiff, Madeline, and Lauren Dundes. Frozen in Time: How Disney Gender-Stereotypes Its Most Powerful Princess. Social Sciences, 2017, 6(2): 38.

Streiff, Madeline, and Lauren Dundes. From Shapeshifter to Lava Monster: Gender Stereotypes in Disney’s Moana. Social Sciences 6, no. 3 (2017): 91.