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Denise Bullock, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology
268 Tom Raper Hall
(765) 973-8618


  • University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia Missouri - Ph.D. Sociology.  Dissertation:      “Sexual Identities in the Balance: Trajectory Formation and Maintenance”, May, 2002.
  • University of Houston, Houston, Texas - Sociology, M.A., thesis “Lesbian Cruising: The Social Ecology of Women=s Bars”, 1993
  • Central Methodist College, Fayette, Missouri - Sociology, B.A., 1979

Current Research Interests

Sexualities; Social Inequality; Social Control/Deviance; and Identity

Current Research Projects

An analysis of women’s and same-sex sexuality as presented in film and text pornography from the 1920s to present.

Selected Teaching Interests/Courses Taught

Introduction to Sociology; Deviant Behavior and Social Control; Social Inequality; Race and Ethnic Relations; Society and the Individual; Queer Identities and Communities; Social Change; Intro to Behavioral and Social Sciences; Senior Seminar; Gender and Society; Social Theory; Qualitative and Historical Methods; Honors Introduction; Media and Society

Selected Fellowships and Honors

  • 2005 Indiana University Trustee Teaching Award

Selected Publications/Presentations

  • “Sexual Labor: An Analysis of 1920’s to 1950’s Pornographic Film” presentation to the American Association of Behavior and Social Sciences, Las Vegas, Nevada, February, 2012
  • “Creating the Porn Super-Stud:  Contrasting Eras of Representation.”  presentation to the Midwest Sociological Society, Chicago, Illinois, April 2, 2010
  • Bullock, Denise. 2007.  Teaching materials selected for Teaching Qualitative Methods.  American Sociological Association Publication,
  • Bullock, Denise.  2004.  “Lesbian Cruising:  An Examination of the Concept and Methods.”  Lead article in: Journal of Homosexuality 47(2):1-31. 
  • “Where has all the Pleasure Gone:  An Historical/Comparative Analysis of Women in Pornographic Film”  forthcoming presentation to the Midwest Sociological Society, Des Moines, Iowa, April, 2009.
  • “Framing Women’s Sexuality in the 1920s to 1950s Through Film and Cartoon” presentation to the Midwest Sociological Society, April, 2007, Chicago, IL.