Dr. Matthew Luther Lindholm

Associate Professor, Sociology Sociology, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Global Studies, Humanities


Ph.D., Sociology, City University of New York, Graduate Center
M.Div., Union Theological Seminary, New York City
B.A., English literature, Carleton College


Urban communities and policy; race, ethnicity, and immigration; qualitative methods; drugs and alcohol; religion


Matthew Lindholm grew up in Blue Earth, Minnesota, near the Iowa border. He was a middle and high school teacher for five years before completing a seminary degree in New York, where he got so interested in the Big City that he wandered out of the seminary walls and didn’t come back.

He has taught at John Jay College and Queens College in New York City and Kean State University in New Jersey. He joined Concordia’s faculty in 2001. He has researched and written about racial conflict in U.S. cities, drugs and alcohol, and challenges facing Muslim immigrant congregations in cities. He teaches courses on cities, social problems, crime and deviance, social change, health and illness, and anthropology.

In his free time, he likes to hike, camp, travel abroad, and visit the national parks with his partner, Meg, and his two kids, Nick and Lucia. He tends to drink a lot of coffee, make dumb puns and tell not-so-clever jokes. You may see him commuting on his bike in the fall and spring when it’s not too cold outside.


Dr. Matthew Luther Lindholm

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