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

9/6/21: 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 accepted for publication in Archives of Sexual Behavior.

5/18/21: Jennifer Erickson appeared on The Pleasure Principle podcast with Cara Griswold.

2/26/21: Jennifer Erickson's paper, "The Prosocial Sadist? A Comparison of BDSM Sadism and Everyday Sadism" (co-authored with Brad Sagarin) has been published in Personality and Individual Differences. You can download a copy of the paper from our publications page.

1/11/21: Brad Sagarin appeared on the Speak On podcast with Yolanda Copes-Stepney.

12/18/20: Bert Cutler's paper, "Partner Selection, Power Dynamics, and Mutual Care Giving in Long-term Self-defined BDSM Couples" (co-authored with Ellen Lee, Nadine Cutler, and Brad Sagarin) has been published in the Journal of Positive Sexuality. You can download a copy of the paper from our publications page.

Upcoming Events

9/3/21 - 9/6/21: The team is attending and offering two classes at MsC 2021 WORLDWIDE.

10/8/21 - 10/10/21: The team will attend Kinky Kollege Homecoming! Details to follow.

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Brad Sagarin

Department of Psychology

Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, IL 60115