Welcome to The Science of BDSM, the website for the Science of BDSM Research Team based out of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

Latest News

3/9/22: Jennifer Erickson's paper, "Challenge at the Intersection of Race and Kink: Racial Discrimination, Fetishization, and Inclusivity within the BDSM (Bondage-discipline, Dominance-submission, and Sadism-masochism) Community" (co-authored with Anna Slayton, Joseph Petersen, Hannah Hyams, Lori Howard, Shane Sharp, and Brad Sagarin) has been published in Archives of Sexual Behavior. You can download a copy of the paper from our publications page.

Upcoming Events

3/11/22 - 3/13/22: The team will attend Kinky Kollege Spring Break. We will be offering three classes: "Lifecycle of a Research Project," "Why We Hunger for Hurt," and "A Conversation at the Intersection," and hosting an "Ask a Scientist" roundtable.

4/27/22 - 5/1/22: The team will attend CLAW

9/1/22 - 9/5/22: The team will attend the Master/slave Conference

9/23/22 - 9/25/22: The team will attend the Leather Leadership Conference

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Brad Sagarin

Department of Psychology

Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, IL 60115