Adina Nack, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology, Gender and Women's Studies

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A professor of sociology, Dr. Adina Nack is the Associate Director of CLU’s Center for Equality & Justice. Former Chair of the Sociology Department, she has also served as the Director of CLU's Gender & Women's Studies Program and continues to teach in that program. Nack received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder and joined CLU in 2003, after having been faculty at the University of Maine.

She is a medical sociologist whose research has focused on sexual health, social psychology, social inequality, gender, and sexuality. An award-winning teacher, she has also won national research awards, published articles on the stigma of sexually transmitted diseases, and authored a book on women living with genital herpes and HPV infections published by Temple University Press in 2008. Her co-authored article was recently published on a study of women who have had abortions with a focus on theorizing their individual-level stigma experiences [Co-PI Kate Cockrill from ANSIRH, University of California - San Francisco]. She is currently collaborating on an in-depth interview study of physically traumatic childbirth experiences from the perspectives of the women, their significant others, and health care providers [Co-PIs from CLU and also from CMQCC, Stanford Medical School].

A proponent of community-based action research, Nack was a Co-Principal Investigator for Ventura County’s two recent studies of Latinos/as receiving HIV/AIDS services (funded by the California State Office of AIDS). The first study inspired the 2006 countywide HIV & Latinos: A Leadership Summit which led to the creation of the Latino HIV Taskforce. In addition to her work with VCPH, she has also served as a research consultant for the ELCA Sexuality Studies Taskforce, Western Institute of Hearing, United Women's Leadership Council, and AIDS Desk (Chennai, India).

A member of the HIV/AIDS Coalition of Ventura County since 2003, Nack chairs the county's World AIDS Day Committee.

Research, Teaching, and Community Service Awards:

2009 Writers Workshop for Feminist Scholars – Scholarship granted by Ms. Magazine

2009 Best of Ventura County Award for "Best Person to Talk to About Sex" – Granted by the VC Reporter and its readers

2009 Diversity Professor of the Year Award – Granted by California Lutheran University Student Body

2008 Ventura County Community Member of the Year Award – Granted by Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties

2006 Mark Vartanian AIDS Advocacy Award – Granted by Ventura County Rainbow Alliance

2004 Professor of the Year Award – Granted by California Lutheran University Student Body

2001 Herbert Blumer Award – Granted by the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

1994 Phi Beta Kappa – inducted at the University of California, Irvine

Medical Sociology
Social Psychology
Popular Culture
Ethnographic Methods

Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder
B.A. in Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine: Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

The following list includes selected publications -- please see C.V. for a full list of publications and conference presentations:

Books, Journal Articles & Book Chapters

2013.  Co-authored with Kate Cockrill. “‘I’m Not That Type of Person’: The Stigma of Having an Abortion in the Contemporary U.S.” Deviant Behavior, 34(12): 973-90.

2011. “From Damaged Goods to Empowered Patients” in Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice. Edited by Kathleen Odell Korgen, Jonathan White and Shelley K. White. Newbury Park, CA: Pine Forge Press/SAGE Publications.

2008. “From the Patient’s Point of View: Practitioner Interaction Styles in the Treatment of Women with Chronic STDs” Pp. 95-122 in Major Health Problems and Population Health Concerns: Impacts on Patients, Providers and Policy. Edited by Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld. WA, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

2008. Damaged Goods? Women Living with Incurable Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Temple University Press.

     2009. Revision of Chapter 1 “Mixing Morality with Medicine” in Speaking of Sexuality: Interdisciplinary Readings (Third Edition). Edited by J. Kenneth Davidson, Nelwyn B. Moore, and Terri D. Fisher. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

2006. “Sexuality over the Lifespan: Social Trends Pose Moral Dilemmas for Communities of Faith.” Intersections (Spring): 16-20.

2002. “Bad Girls and Fallen Women: Chronic STD Diagnoses as Gateways to Tribal Stigma.” Symbolic Interaction 25(4): 463-485. [Reprinted in two anthologies]

2000. "Damaged Goods: Women Managing the Stigma of STDs." Deviant Behavior (21):95-121. [Reprinted in 10 anthologies]

Book and Film Reviews for Academic Journals

2013. “Film Review: Sext Up Kids: How Children Are Becoming Hypersexualized.”               Humanity & Society, 37(3): 259-261.

2007. Review. Gender, Race, Class, & Health: Intersectional Approaches by Amy J. Schulz and Leith Mullings. Gender & Society 21 (2):297-8.

2001. Review. Ideologies of Breast Cancer: Feminist Perspectives edited by Laura K. Potts. Contemporary Sociology 30(3):300-01.

Research/Policy Reports

2008. Latinas Who Access HIV/AIDS Services in Ventura County: Report to HIV/AIDS Service Providers & Educators (co-authored with Lyn Gesch, Ph.D.)

2007. Latino Men Who Access HIV/AIDS Services in Ventura County: Report to HIV/AIDS Service Providers (co-authored with Lyn Gesch, Ph.D.)

Non-fiction Articles & other Research-Based Publications

2010. “Why Men’s Health is a Feminist Issue: As New Uses are Approved for the So-Called Cervical Cancer Vaccine, Women Learn Once Again how Intimately their Well-being is Tied to Men’s.” Ms. Magazine (Winter):32-35.

2009. "Valentine's Day Fact Sheet on Sexual Health." Council on Contemporary Families:

2007. “A Search for Truth and a Call for Freedom.” CLU Magazine (Summer): 21.                                

2005. “A Visit from the GLBT Fairy Godmother.” in the ASA Teaching Guide: Teaching Sociological Concepts and the Sociology of Gender. Edited by Marybeth C. Stalp and Julie Childers. Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association Teaching Resources Center.

2002. “Empathy as a Path to Critical Thinking.” SWS Network News: The Newsletter of Sociologists for Women in Society 19 (4):9-11.                                                                                                        

2000. “Out of the Stirrups and into Stigma: Creating a Sociology of STDs.” SWS Network News: The Newsletter of Sociologists for Women in Society 18(2):8-9.

Research-based Blogs
2011-present Invited author for Truthout
2010-present Invited author for the Temple University Press blog North Philly Notes
2010-present Invited author for the Ms. Magazine Blog
2008-present Editor and regular columnist for the feminist research blog Girl w/ Pen
2008-present Invited author for the American Sociological Association's Sociological Images blog and Sexuality & Society blog

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