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Lisa K. Waldner

Associate Dean, Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Deans of the College of Arts and Sciences
Justice & Society Studies

  • Education
  • B.A., Minnesota State University, Mankato
    M.A., Minnesota State University, Mankato
    Ph.D., Iowa State University
  • Expertise
  • Graffiti as a form of political participation and protest, White supremacists in the United States, Intimate Partner Violence, Gay and lesbian relationships

Dr. Waldner is a John Ireland Professor (2015) and recipient of the Undergraduate Research and Collaborative Scholarship award (2006) for her work with undergraduate students. Prior to joining the faculty at St. Thomas, she received several teaching awards from the University of Houston-Downtown and Iowa State University. Her published research appears in several journals on a variety of topics including graffiti, right-wing extremism, gay skinheads, anti-gay hate crimes, domestic violence, sexual coercion, AIDS education, identity issues of lesbian and gay adolescents, and political participation. She has authored or co-authored book chapters published by Sage, Berghahn, Routledge, Pearson, Elsevier, Oxford University Press, and Temple University Press including the 2nd edition of her co-authored textbook, Power, Politics, and Society: An Introduction to Political Sociology. From 2012-2016 she co-edited The Sociological Quarterly. She is currently interviewing individuals who create political graffiti.

Associate Dean Waldner’s duties include oversight of assessment, program review, and curriculum. She is the point of contact for students who have questions or concerns about classroom issues and is the CAS liaison with Student Affairs. With Joshua Hengemuhle from the Dean of Students Office, she runs the student ambassador program for the college.


Waldner, L. K. 2021. “Sexual Abuse of Intimate Partners in Homosexual Relationships" in The Sage Handbook of Domestic Violence edited by Todd K. Shackelford. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Dobratz, B. A. and L. K. Waldner. 2021. “Berlin Political Crises, Street Art and Graffiti from 1945 to 2019.” in Political Graffiti in Critical Times: The Aesthetics of Street Politics edited by R. Campos, A. Pavoni, and Y. Zaimakis. New York: Berghahn.

Dobratz, B. A. and L. K. Waldner. 2021. “Interviewing Members of The White Power Movement in The United States: Reflections on Research Strategies and Challenges" in Researching the Far Right: Theory, Method and Practice, edited by: Stephen Ashe, Joel Busher, Graham Macklin and Aaron Winter. New York: Routledge.

Dobratz, B. A., L. K. Waldner, and Timothy Buzzell. 2019. Power, Politics & Society: Introduction to Political Sociology. 2nd Edition. New York: Routledge.

Waldner, L. K. and B. A. Dobratz. 2019. “Rapport, Respect, and Dissonance: Studying the White Power Movement in the United States.” Pp. 41-58 in Researching Far Right Movements. Ethics, Methodologies and Qualitative Inquires, edited by Emanuele Toscano. New York: Routledge.

Waldner, L. K. 2016. “Sexual Politics in Intimate Relationships: Sexual Coercion and Harassment” Pp. 313-322 in The New Sexuality Studies Reader, (3rd Edition) edited by S. Seidman and N. Fisher. New York: Routledge.