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Sarah Diefendorf

Utah SSN Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Utah
Chapter Leader: Utah SSN
Areas of Expertise:
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Religion & Values
  • Public Health

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About Sarah

Diefendorf's research interests include how and why religious groups shift their beliefs on issues related to gender and sexuality. She is a sociologist who studies conservative sexual politics. As a postdoctoral fellow, Diefendorf looks forward to working with LDS religious leaders and groups, policymakers, public health officials, and community organizers on the mechanisms related to Utah's alarming rate of youth suicide.


What U.S. Evangelical Voters Really Want in Politics

In the News

"#MeToo and Sexual Violence in the U.S. Fire Service," Sarah Diefendorf (with Emily Kalah Gade), Huffington Post, October 18, 2017.
"Despite Pussy Hats, Discussion of Sexual Violence is Largely Absent around Trump," Sarah Diefendorf (with Emily Kalah Gade), Huffington Post, February 27, 2017.
"Secular Listening at a Brainstorming and Prayer Meeting on 11/9/16," Sarah Diefendorf, The Society Pages, November 21, 2016.
"What Happens to Men Who Are Abstinent until Marriage?," Sarah Diefendorf, The Washington Post, October 12, 2015.


"After the Wedding Night: Sexual Abstinence and Masculinities over the Life Course" Gender & Society 29, no. 5 (2015): 647-669.

Underscores the potential fallacy in using cross-sectional data to illustrate changes in gender relations, and demonstrates the importance of using life course perspectives when theorizing masculinities.