Lindsey Freeman

Associate Professor of Sociology
Sociology & Anthropology


Lindsey A. Freeman, PhD in Sociology & Historical Studies. Freeman is the author of This Atom Bomb in Me (Redwood Press/Stanford University Press) and Longing for the Bomb: Oak Ridge and Atomic Nostalgia (UNC Press)Freeman is also co-editor of The Bohemian South: Creating Countercultures form Poe to Punk (UNC Press) and Silence, Screen, and Spectacle: Rethinking Social Memory in the Age of Information (Berghahn Books). 

Dr. Freeman is currently working on three research projects.

  • The Tiny Uncanny99 Theses on Miniature
  • The Very Touch of Endlessness: An ethnography of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
  • For the cosmos to bore us. An ethnography of rain and Vancouver.

Professor Freeman is an Associate Member of the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University and an Affiliated Scholar, Associated Researcher with Espaces et Sociétés (ESO), Université de Caen, Normandie, France.


PhD (Sociology & Historical Studies), The New School for Social Research, New York, NY
MA (Sociology), The New School for Social Research, New York, NY
BA (Sociology & Government), Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC


Areas of Interest

Art, atomic & nuclear cultures, colour, memory, poetics, weather, and experimental writing.

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Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • “For the cosmos to bore us.” New Writing. Online first, April 2019
  • “Catastrophic Snow Globes as Oneiric and Mnemonic Gadgets.” Space and Culture. 19(2) May 2016, 116-126. 
  • “Atomic Childhood around 1980.” Memory Studies 9.1 (Jan 2016): 75 – 84.
  • “Memory | Materiality | Sensuality” Lindsey A. Freeman, Benjamin Nienass, & Rachel Daniel. Memory Studies 9.1 (Jan 2016): 3 – 12.
  • “Screen Memory,” Lindsey A. Freeman, Benjamin Nienass, & Laliv Melamed, in the International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society. (March 2013).
  • Special issue on “Screen Memory” in the International Journal of Politics, Culture & Society. Papers selected, edited, and introduction written for the special issue along with Benjamin Nienass & Laliv Melamed (March 2013).
  • “Introduction: Is an Interdisciplinary Field of Memory Studies Possible?” with Adam Brown, Yifat Gutman, Amy Sodaro, & Alin Coman in International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society (2009): 117-124.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

  • “James Agee and the Southern Superreal,” in The Bohemian South, The University of North Carolina Press, 2017.
  • “The Manhattan Project Time Machine: Atomic Tourism in Oak Ridge, Tennessee” in Death Tourism: Disaster Sites as Recreational Landscape. Ed. Brigitte Sion. Seagull Books, 2014.
  • “A Plutonium Tourism Ode: The Rocky Flats Cold War Museum” in Moral Encounters ofTourism. Eds. Mary Mostafanezhad & Kevin Hannam. Ashgate, 2014.
  • “Museums of Experience: The Artist as Curator of Memory & Loss” in Art Reflects Life: The Artist as Observer and Social Critic. Ed. Shawn Bingham. Lexington Books, 2012.
  • “Happy Memories under the Mushroom Cloud: Utopia and Memory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee” in Memory and the Future: Transnational Politics, Ethics, and Society. Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2010.

Currently Teaching

This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.