Annulla Linders

Annulla Linders

Associate Professor

Co-Editor of Social Problems (with Earl Wright II and Derrick Brooms), Associate Professor (PhD, SUNY Stony Brook)

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Professional Summary

Qualitative Methods; Historical and Comparative; Social Movements; Culture; Capital Punishment; Abortion

Annulla Linders CV

Research and Practice Interests

Annulla Linders is an Associate Professor of Sociology. She is co-Editor with Earl Wright II and Derrick Brooms of Social Problems, the official journal of the Sociaty for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP). Her research interests are in culture, politics, historical sociology, social movements, and qualitative sociology. Recent publications have appeared in Deviant Behavior, Gender & Society, Historical Sociology, Law & Society Review, Qualitative Sociology, Qualitative Sociology Review, Sociological Forum, Sociological Inquiry, and Social Problems. Current research activities involve capital punishment in the United States, and include a book project tentatively titled “In Search of the Perfect Executions Audience." This projects approaches capital punishment as a cultural institution with immense symbolic force and uses the audience of executions as an entrypoint into understanding the transformation of the American execution event and the widespread contention that has accompanied capital punishment for the last two centuries.

Research Support

Grant: #HPSE-CT2001-00053 UNEMPOL Investigators:Marco Giugni, Paul Statham, Christian Lahusen, Donatella della Porta, Didier Chabanet, and Annulla Linders 01-2002 -02-2004 European Commission, 5th Framework The Contentious Politics of Unemployment in Europe Role:Co-PI $800,000 Type:Grant

Grant: #SES-2026594 Investigators:Bhiwapurkar, Pravin; Black, Ann; Fry, Michael; Harfmann, Anton; Linders, Annulla; Nassif, Nabil; Rebola, Claudia; Tang, Ming; Wendell, David 01-01-2021 -12-31-2021 National Science Foundation Future of Work: Understanding the interrelationships between humans and technology to improve the quality of work life in smart buildings. Role:Collaborator $149,720.00 Awarded Level:Federal

Grant: #NCAA Research Grant Investigators:Linders, Annulla; Smith, Marcus 04-01-2022 -03-30-2023 National Collegiate Athletic Association Final Whistle: Exploring Coaching, Mentoring, and the Importance of Race in College Basketball Role:PI 4234.00 Hold Level:Non Profit

Abbreviated Publications


Mansson, Sven-Axel and Annulla Linders. 1984. Sexualitet utan Ansikte: Konskoparna. Stockholm, Sweden: Carlssons.

Cole, Stephen and Elinor Barber, with the assistance of Melissa Bolyard and Annulla Linders. 2003. Increasing Faculty Diversity: The Occupational Choices of High Achieving Minority Students. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Linders, Annulla, Brittney Miles, Molly Broscoe and Jennifer Money. 2022. The Sounds of Executions: Sonic Flaws and the Transformation of Capital Punishment. American Journal of Cultural Sociology. DOI 10.1057/s41290-021-00150-1  

Linders, Annulla, Erynn Masi de Casanova, and Kyle Shupe. 2022. Dressed for Death: Gender, Respectability, and Resistance at the Gallows. Symbolic Interaction 45(2):211-236. 

Linders, Annulla, Shobha Pai Kansal, Sam Oakley, and Kyle Shupe. 2020. The Promises and Perils of Technological Solutions to the Troubles with Capital Punishment. Humanity & Society.

Othman, Jihad (Rosty) and Annulla Linders. 2018. Masculinity and Immigrant Health Practices: How Male Kurdish Immigrants to the United States Think about and Practice Health. Qualitative Sociology Review. Volume XIV (1); 30-50

Mohebbi Mehrsa, Mehri, Annulla Linders and Carla Chifos. 2018. Community Immersion, Trust-Building, and Recruitment among Hard to Reach Populations: A Case Study of Muslim Women in Detroit Metro Area. Qualitative Sociology Review XIV(3):24-44.

Vines, Marcus and Annulla Linders. 2016. The Dirty Work of Poker: Impression Management and Identity. Deviant Behavior 37(9):1064-1076.

Green, Aaryn and Annulla Linders. 2016. The Impact of Comedy on Racial and Ethnic Discourse. Sociological Inquiry 86(2):241-269.

Linders, Annulla. 2015. ’What Daughters, what Wives, what Mothers, Think You, They are?’: Gender and the Transformation of Executions in the United States.  Journal of Historical Sociology 28(2):135-165.

Rosino, Michael and Annulla Linders. 2015. Howard Becker in Hyperspace: Social Learning within an Online Drug Community. Deviant Behavior 36(9):725-739.

Talukdar, Jaita and Annulla Linders. 2013. Gender, Class Aspiration, and Emerging Fields of Body Work in Urban India. Qualitative Sociology. Vol. 36: 101-123.

Tabatabai, Ahoo and Annulla Linders. 2011. Vanishing Act: Non-straight Identity Narratives of Women in Relationships with Women and Men. Qualitative Sociology 34:583-599.

Linders, Annulla and Alana Van Gundy-Yoder. 2008. "Gall, Gallantry, and the Gallows: Capital Punishment and the Social Construction of Gender, 1840-1930." Gender & Society 22(3): 324-348.

Linders, Annulla and Marina Kalander. 2007. "The Construction and Mobilization of Unemployed Intersts: The Case of Sweden in the 1990s." Qualitative Sociology 30(4): 417-437.

Linders, Annulla. 2004. "Victory and Beyond: A Historical Comparison of the Abortion Movements in Sweden and the United States." Sociological Forum 19(3): 371-404.

Linders, Annulla. 2002. "The Execution Spectacle and State Legitimacy: The Changing Nature of the American Execution Audience, 1833-1937." Law & Society Review 36(3): 607-656.

Cornwell, Benjamin and Annulla Linders. 2002. "The Myth of "Moral Panic": An Alternative Account of LSD Prohibition." Deviant Behavior 23(4): 307-330.

Linders, Annulla. 1998. "Abortion as a Social Problem: The Construction of "Opposite" Solutions in Sweden and the United States." Social Problems 45(4): 488-509.

Kimmel, Michael and Annulla Linders. 1996. "Does Censorship Make a Difference? An Aggregate Empirical Analysis of Pornography and Rape." Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality 8(3): 1-20.

Invited Publication

Linders, Annulla. 2018. The 2018 NCSA Presidential Address: The Audience of Executions. Sociological Focus 51(4):255-266.

Linders, Annulla. 2016. Editorial Life at a Small Regional Journal: Simultaneously at the Margins and in the Thick of Things. The American Sociologist 47:225-337.

Book Chapter

Linders, Annulla and Danielle Bessett. 2017. Freeing Abortion in Sweden. A chapter in “A Right that Isn’t? Abortion Governance and Associated Protest Logics in Postwar Europe” edited by Lorena Anton, Joanna Z. Mishtal, and Silvia De Zordo. pp. 46-65. New York: Berghahn Books.

Linders, Annulla. Deconstructing Adolescences. 2017. In Andrew Cherry, Valentina Baltag, and Mary Dillon  (eds.), International Handbook on Adolescent Health and Development: The Public Health Response. pp. 585-598. Springer.

Linders, Annulla. 2014. Adolescent Pregnancy in Sweden. In Andrew L. Cherry and Mary E. Dillon (eds.) International Handbook of Adolescent Pregnancy: Medical, Psychosocial and Public Health Responses, pp. 585-598. Springer Publishing Company.

Linders, Annulla and Cynthia Bogard. 2014. Teenage Pregnancy as a Social Problem: A Comparison of Sweden and the United States. In Andrew L. Cherry and Mary E. Dillon (eds.) International Handbook of Adolescent Pregnancy: Medical, Psychosocial and Public Health Responses, pp. 147-158. Springer Publishing Company.

 Linders, Annulla and Marina Kalander. 2010. “A Precarious Balance of Interests: Unions and the Unemployed in Europe.” In Guigni, Marco (ed.), The Contentious Politics of Unemployment in Europe: Welfare States and Political Opportunities, pp. 97-126. Palgrave Macmillan. 2010

Linders, Annulla. 2008. "Handbook of Constructionist Research." pp. 467-490 in Documents, Texts, and Archives in Constructionist Research, edited by James A. Holstein and Jaber F. Gubrium. New York: Guilford Publications.

Linders, Annulla. 2001. “Teenage Pregnancy in Sweden.” In Teenage Pregnancy: A Global View, edited by Andrew Cherry, Mary E. Dillon, and Douglas Rugh. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (pp. 165-181).

Encyclopedia Article

Linders, Annulla. 2016. Feminist Movements, in Historical/Comparative Perspective. In Nancy Naples (ed.), Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Wiley-Blackwell.


Invited Presentations

Linders, Annulla (10-24-2018. ) Racial Oppression and Resistance in Post-Emancipation EXecutions in the South .The 2018 Sherry Corbett Memorial Lecture, Department of Sociology and Gerontology, Miami University. Level:State

Linders, Annulla (04-2017. ) A critique of Jamie Longazel’s Undocumented Fears: Immigration and the Politics of Divide and Conquer in Hazelton, PA. .Author-meets-critics session at the annual meeting of the North Central Sociological Association, Indianapolis. Level:Regional

Linders, Annulla (03-2016. ) A critique of Akiko Hashimoto’s The Long Defeat: Cultural Trauma, Memory, and Identity in Japan. .Author-meets-critics session at the joint annual meeting of the North Central Sociological Association and the Midwest Sociological Society, Chicago. Level:Regional