Marilee Lindemann

Prof. Marilee Lindemann

Executive Director, College Park Scholars


Marilee Lindemann, associate professor of English, joined College Park Scholars as executive director in July 2014. Prior to Scholars, Lindemann served as director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies Program in the Office of Undergraduate Studies from 2002 to 2013. She then stayed on as director as the program transitioned into its new home in the Department of Women's Studies in 2014. As the founding director of LGBT Studies, she developed an extensive course list, expanded enrollments and helped to establish a highly successful queer studies coalition among area universities, faculty and students.

In 2013, Lindemann received the W. E. Kirwan Undergraduate Education Award. In 2013–2014, she chaired the Senate Programs, Courses, and Curricula Committee, and was elected to the Senate Executive Committee for 2014–2015. She serves on the General Education Faculty Board for Diversity, chairing this board during FY14. She also serves on the Academic Planning Advisory Committee of the College of Arts and Humanities.

Lindemann came to the University of Maryland in 1992. She received her doctorate in English Language and Literature from Rutgers University in 1991 and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Journalism from Indiana University in 1981. From 1988 to 1991, she was an instructor and assistant professor of English at Howard University. Her research and scholarship are focused on American literature of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with a particular emphasis on the novelist Willa Cather, and on queer and feminist theory and new media studies. She is the author of "Willa Cather: Queering America" (Columbia UP, 1999) and editor of "The Cambridge Companion to Willa Cather" (Cambridge UP, 2005). She edited two of Cather’s novels for Oxford University Press, "O Pioneers!" (1999) and "Alexander’s Bridge" (1997), and has published numerous articles, chapters in books and review essays in outlets such as "American Literary History," "Feminist Studies," "The Journal of Women’s History" and "Resources for American Literary Study." Her blog, "The Madwoman with a Laptop," is a project of creative nonfiction that has led to new areas of research and a new 400-level course, “Writing for the Blogosphere.”

She has won grants and fellowships from the American Association of University Women, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. She has served on the editorial board of "American Literature" and the board of managing editors of "American Quarterly." Her prizes and awards include Michael Lynch Service Award from the Gay/Lesbian/Queer Caucus of the Modern Language Association (2007), and Medal of Freedom and Liberation from the President’s Commission on LGBT Issues (2014) in recognition of her efforts in building the LGBT Studies Program.