Writer, ethnographer, feminist, symbolic interactionist, sociologist, professor.   I study nonconformity, transgressive leisure, emotion and sexuality, nearly always in the broader contexts of gender and risk-taking.

My book Playing on the Edge: Sadomasochism, Risk, and Intimacy was published in 2011 (Indiana University Press). I’m co-editor of Selves, Symbols and Sexualities (2014, SAGE), an anthology of original, contemporary interactionist work on sexuality written for the book.  I’m currently writing a book that explores intersections of gender, social class and emotion in women’s lives.

I am an active member of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, on the editorial board of The Journal for Positive Sexuality, and Associate Professor of Sociology at SUNY Buffalo State.  I’m SocDocSN on Twitter and Staci Newmahr on Academia.edu. I’m rarely on either site. You can best reach me at newmahsd@buffalostate.edu. (But I’m not great about that either.)

Any opinions expressed here are my own and not in any way reflective or representative of my employer, institution or colleagues.



Mary Wollstonecraft

Sojourner Truth

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Susan B. Anthony

Jane Addams

Anna Julia Cooper

Alice Paul

Simone de Beauvoir

Betty Friedan

Germaine Greer

Shulamith Firestone

Angela Davis

(Other) Intellectual Forefolk

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Herbert Blumer

Mary Douglas

Howard Becker

Judith Butler

Erving Goffman

Peter Berger

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