Danielle Hidalgo

Associate Professor/Advisor

After spending many years in San Francisco and teaching at Montana State University, I joined the Sociology department in Fall 2015. I completed my MSc (2001) in Sociology at the London School of Economics and my PhD (2009) at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Before Hurricane Katrina, I also completed graduate work at Tulane University in New Orleans, an experience that resulted in my co-edited book about the sociological impact of the storm (see Narrating the Storm: Sociological Stories of Hurricane Katrina(opens in new window), 2011).

As an Associate Professor at CSU Chico, I teach classical and contemporary theory and courses that cover the areas of gender, sex, and sexuality. In all of my classes, I connect theoretical readings to students’ everyday lives and experiences. Echoing student evaluations across my classes, a student expressed this sentiment: “I like that we are given many real-life, relatable examples for the theories we learn about because it allows me to visualize a connection that helps me better understand the (language of) theories, in general.” As a professor, I want students to be able to both understand and use the material that we cover in my classes and meeting students where they are is part of that process.

My New Book:

My new book, Dance Music Spaces: Clubs, Clubbers, and DJs Navigating Authenticity, Branding, and Commercialism (2022), is about the production of social and cultural physical and digital spaces in dance music, spaces that share features of both rave authenticity and EDM/club culture commercialism. Utilizing a concept I call authenticity maneuvering and locating how clubs, clubbers, and DJs navigate authenticity, branding, and commercialism, I argue that the strategic use of a rave ethos both bolsters acceptance in dance music spaces and is used to make commercial practices less visible or problematic. Physically and digitally following three highly successful women DJs and their colleagues, I show how the presence of both authenticity and commercialism is both enabling and constraining, requiring the ongoing and pervasive performance of authenticity via branding. Offering detailed accounts of how clubbers move through dance music spaces, DJs engage in branding and clubs navigate this new terrain, my book presents a compelling and much-needed analysis of the complicated interplay between dancing bodies, digital practices, and spatial offerings in contemporary dance music.

I also write about sex work, particularly sex workers’ rights activism. My recent and forthcoming publications are listed below. I encourage all of my students to ask me about my research and, if they’re interested, working with me on my research or their own related research projects is always an option.


Hidalgo, Danielle Antoinette. 2022. Dance Music Spaces: Clubs, Clubbers, and DJs Navigating Authenticity, Branding, and Commercialism(opens in new window). Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books.

Hidalgo, Danielle Antoinette and Cinnamon Maxxine. 2022. “Sex workers’ rights activism in the United States: Navigating the internet in an age of s*x censorship, state, and corporate surveillance.” In Introducing the New Sexuality Studies (4th edition), edited by Nancy Fischer, Laurel Westbrook and Steven Seidman(opens in new window). New York: Routledge.

Maxxine, Cinnamon and Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo. Forthcoming. “10 Suggestions for Sex Work Researchers.” In Academy of Whores, edited by Zahra Zsuzsanna Stardust.

Hidalgo, Danielle. 2016. Teaching Spaces of Possibility: Cultivating Safe, Relaxed, and Challenging Classrooms(opens in new window) In Teaching Gender and Sex in Contemporary America, edited by Ryanne Pilgeram and Kristin Haltinner. London: Springer.

Hidalgo, Danielle Antoinette and Tracy Royce. 2016. “ ‘Tonight, You are a Man!’: Negotiating Embodied Resistance in Local Thai Nightclubs” In Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Asia(opens in new window), edited by Tiantian Zheng. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.

Bankston, Carl L. III and Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo. 2016. “The Waves of War: Refugees, Immigrants, and New Americans from Southeast Asia.” In Contemporary Asian America: A Multidisciplinary Reader(opens in new window), 3rd edition, edited by Min Zhou & Anthony C. Ocampo. Albany: New York University Press.

Hidalgo, Danielle Antoinette. 2016. “Embodying Theory: Problematizing the Mundane in Everyday Life(opens in new window).” In ASA Section on Body & Embodiment Blog. 

Maxxine, Cinnamon and Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo. 2015. A performer and a professor: two friends and colleagues talk porn…in college(opens in new window).” Porn Studies, 2.2-3: 279-282.

Hidalgo, Danielle Antoinette and Dana Greene. 2015. “ ‘We’re Still in the Trenches, Baby…’: Navigating Academia in an Uncertain, Post-Katrina World.” In Rethinking Disaster Recovery: A Hurricane Katrina Retrospective(opens in new window), edited by Jeannie Haubert. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.

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