Mimi Schippers Professor Tulane University Department of Sociology

Mimi Schippers

206 Newcomb Hall


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison


Research Interests

Sexuality, Gender, Social Theory, Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, Culture, Polyamory, Non-Monogamies

Current Research Project

My current research focuses on the affective and emotional dimensions of consensual non-monogamies and polyamory and how they differ from the affective and emotional dimensions of monogamy. I am currently working on my next book, Feeling Poly: The Affective Dimensions of Polyamory, which examines past and contemporary planned communities that value polyamory and consensual non-monogamy, historical figures who embraced non-monogamy as a political choice, and science fiction texts that feature polyamorous or polyqueer kinship formation as a strategy for survival and/or fighting oppression.

Selected Publications

Mimi Schippers. Monogamy, Polyamory, and American Dreams: The Stories We Tell about Poly Lives and The Cultural Production of Inequality. (Routledge 2019)

Mimi Schippers. Beyond Monogamy: Polyamory and the Future Polyqueer Sexualities. New York University Press. 2016

Mimi Schippers. Rockin’ Out of the Box: Gender Maneuvering in Alternative Hard Rock. Rutgers University Press. 2002.

Mimi Schippers and Erin Grayson Sapp. “Reading Pulp Fiction: Embodied Femininity and Power Second and Third Wave Feminist Theory.” Feminist Theory 13(1), 2012.

Mimi Schippers. Third Wave Rebels in a Second Wave World: Polyamory, Gender, and Power. In Donna King and Carrie Smith (Eds), Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Kick Their A@#$!: Feminist Perspectives on the Stieg Larsson Millennium Trilogy. Vanderbilt University Press. 2012.

Mimi Schippers. “Doing Power/Doing Difference: Negotiations of Race and Gender in a Mentoring Program.” Symbolic Interaction 31(1), 2008.

Mimi Schippers. “Recovering the Feminine Other: Femininity, Masculinity, and Gender Hegemony.” Theory and Society 36. 2007.


  • Polyqueer Sexualities (GESS 4930)
  • Gender & Society (SOCI 1040)
  • Introduction the Gender & Sexuality Studies (GESS 2900)
  • The Sociology of Sexuality (SOCI 6070)
  • Advanced Sexuality and Queer Theory (GESS 4950)
  • Advanced Gender and Feminist Theory (GESS 4940)
  • Topics in the Sociology of Gender (SOCI 6060)