Marilee Lindemann

Associate Professor

Executive Director, College Park Scholars

1125 Cumberland Hall

Office Hours:
By appointment


Marilee Lindemann, associate professor of English, served as Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Program, in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, 2002-2013. She then stayed on as Director as the program transitioned in 2013-14 into its new home in the Department of Women's Studies. As the founding Director of LGBT Studies, she developed an extensive course list, expanded enrollments, and helped to establish a highly successful queer studies coalition among area universities, faculty, and students. In July, 2014, she was appointed Executive Director of College Park Scholars.

In 2013, she received the W. E. Kirwan Undergraduate Education Award. In 2013-14, she chaired the Senate Programs, Courses, and Curricula Committee, and was elected to the Senate Executive Committee for 2014-15.  She serves on the General Education Faculty Board for Diversity, and chaired this board during FY14.

Lindemann came to the University of Maryland in 1992. She received her PhD in English Language and Literature from Rutgers University in 1991 and a BA in English and Journalism from Indiana University in 1981. From 1988 to 1991, she was an instructor and assistant professor of English at Howard University. Her research and scholarship are focused on American literature of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with a particular emphasis on the novelist Willa Cather, and on queer and feminist theory and new media studies. She is the author of Willa Cather: Queering America (Columbia UP, 1999) and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Willa Cather (Cambridge UP, 2005). She edited two of Cather’s novels for Oxford University Press, O Pioneers! (1999) and Alexander’s Bridge (1997), and has published numerous articles, chapters in books, and review essays in outlets such as American Literary History, Feminist Studies, The Journal of Women’s History, and Resources for American Literary Study. Her blog, The Madwoman with a Laptop, is a project of creative nonfiction that has led to new areas of research and a new 400-level course, “Writing for the Blogosphere.” 

She has won grants and fellowships from the American Association of University Women, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. She has served on the editorial board of American Literature and the board of managing editors of American Quarterly. Her prizes and awards include Michael Lynch Service Award from the Gay/Lesbian/Queer Caucus of the Modern Language Association (2007), and Medal of Freedom and Liberation from the President’s Commission on LGBT Issues (2014) in recognition of her efforts in building the LGBT Studies Program.


Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1991

M.A., Rutgers University, 1983

B.A., Indiana University, 1981

Area Groups

American; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies; Literary Theory

Recent Publications

"No Longer Secret: Willa Cather's Letters and Their New Influence: A Conversation With Andrew Jewell and Marilee Lindemann." Willa Cather Newsletter and Review 57.2 (Summer 2014): 16-21.

"Building (and Rebuilding) LGBT Studies at the University of Maryland." Feminist Studies 39.2 (Spring 2013): 1-5.

“Performing ‘Spooniness’: Cather to Gere on Pound.” Willa Cather Newsletter and Review 56.2 (Spring 2013): 9-10.

 “The Madwoman With a Laptop:  Notes Toward a Literary Prehistory of Academic Fem Blogging.” The Journal of Women’s History 22.4 (Winter 2010): 209-19.

“To Her, With Love.” (A tribute to Professor Susan Gubar.) Inside Higher Ed, April 29, 2010 (


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Honors and Awards

Kirwan Undergraduate Education Award, 2013

Michael Lynch Service Award, Gay/Lesbian/Queer Caucus, Modern Language Association, 2007


Senate Executive Committee, 2014-15

Chair, Senate Programs, Curricula, and Courses Committee, 2013

Senate Task Force on Open Access, 2012

University Senate, 3-year term beginning May, 2012

Academic Planning Advisory Committee, College of Arts and Humanities, 2012-13

General Education Faculty Board: Diversity, 2010-

Steering Committee, Center for Literary and Comparative Studies, 2012-13

Spring 2014

ENGL488B Topics in Advanced Writing: Writing for the Blogosphere: Prehistory, Theory, Practice

Fall 2013

ENGL465 Theories of Sexuality and Literature
ENGL488B Topics in Advanced Writing: Writing for the Blogosphere: Prehistory, Theory, Practice

Spring 2013

ENGL668A Readings In Modern Literary Theory: Queer Theory

Fall 2012

ENGL465 Theories of Sexuality and Literature;

Spring 2012

ENGL488B Topics in Advanced Writing: Writing for the Blogosphere: Prehistory, Theory, Practice

Fall 2011

ENGL459A Trans Lit

Spring 2011

ENGL488B Writing for the Blogosphere: Prehistory, Theory, Practice

Fall 2010

ENGL488B Topics in Advanced Writing: Writing for the Blogosphere: Prehistory, Theory, Practice