Joane Nagel C-CHANGE IGERT Project Director

Joane Nagel is University Distinguished Professor of Sociology. She has served as Chair of the Sociology Department and Associate Dean of Social Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Kansas, and as Sociology Program Director at the National Science Foundation from 2002-2004. She was born in Cleveland and her Bachelor's degree (in English and Speech) and Master's degree (in Sociology) are from Bowling Green State University (Ohio); her Ph.D. in Sociology is from Stanford University. She joined the University of Kansas faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1977. Except for a year and a half as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at the University of Liberia in West Africa and two years at NSF, Professor Nagel has spent her entire academic career at the University of Kansas. She is Director of KU’s NSF C-CHANGE IGERT program in interdisciplinary climate change studies: Climate Change, Humans, and Nature in the Global Environment and Director of KU’s Center for Research on Global Change at the Institute for Policy & Social Research. As part of this work, she organized an NSF-sponsored workshop on Sociological Perspectives on Global Climate Change in 2008 at the National Science Foundation.

Professor Nagel's research focuses on the politics of ethnicity and sexuality, and her major publications include American Indian Ethnic Renewal (Oxford University Press, 1997), Masculinity and Nationalism: Gender and Sexuality in the Making of Nations," Ethnic and Racial Studies (1998), "Ethnicity & Sexuality," Annual Review of Sociology (2000), "Ethnicity, Sexuality, and Globalization," Theory, Culture & Society (2006), Race, Ethnicity, and Sexuality: Intimate Intersections, Forbidden Frontiers (Oxford University Press, 2003), “Deploying Race, Gender, Class, and Sexuality in the Iraq War” (with Lindsey Feitz), Race, Gender & Class (2007), “Climate Change, Public Opinion, and the Military-Security Complex,” The Sociological Quarterly (2011), “Plus Ça Change: Reflections on a Century of Militarizing Women's Sexuality,” European Journal of Women’s Studies (2014), Gender and Climate Change: Impacts, Science, and Policy (Routledge 2016).

Professor Nagel teaches courses in ethnicity and sexuality, social research methods & design, sociology of deviance, and she has received several teaching awards including an Outstanding Mentorship award, a Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, and a Louise Byrd Graduate Educator's Award.