A tenured professor of sociology, Dr. Adina Nack has served in the past as Chair of the Sociology Department, Director of CLU's Center for Equality & Justice, and as the Director of CLU's Gender & Women's Studies 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.
Dr. Nack 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:
2016 Diversity Professor of the Year Award – Granted by California Lutheran University Student Body
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
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
2015. “First Comes Love, Then Comes Herpes: Sexual Health and Relationships.” in Families As They Really Are (2nd Edition), edited by Barbara Risman and Virginia Rutter. W.W. Norton & Company: New York City, NY.
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.
2015. Reprinted in Sociologists in Action on Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality. Edited by Shelley K. White, Jonathan M. White and Kathleen Odell Korgen. 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. Excerpt 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.
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: https://contemporaryfamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/2009_Factsheet_Nack_Valentinesday.pdf
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.
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 Context.org Sociological Images blog and Sexuality & Society blog
- Grant Funding
FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS & RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS
2015 Culver Fellowship for Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: California Lutheran University (Student Fellow H. Conner)
2014 CEJ Fellowship for Research in Service of Communities: California Lutheran University, Center for Equality & Justice (Co-PI J. Banker & Student Fellow H. Conner)
2013 Faculty Research and Creative Works Award: California Lutheran University
2012 Funded Research Collaboration: ANSIRH, UC San Francisco
2012 Hewlett Grant: California Lutheran University
2012 Grant: McCune Foundation to CLU’s Center for Equality and Justice
2011 Hewlett Grant: California Lutheran University
2010 Hewlett Grant: California Lutheran University
2009 Scholarship: Writers’ Workshop for Feminist Scholars: Ms. Magazine
2009 Grant: Ventura County AIDS Partnership, Co-Applicant Laura Ochoa
2009 Hewlett Grant: California Lutheran University
2008 Hewlett Grant: California Lutheran University
2007 Hewlett Grant: California Lutheran University
2006-07 Funded Research Collaboration: California State Office of AIDS. Co-Principal investigator with Dr. Lyn Gesch, in collaboration with Ventura County Public Health and Ventura County AIDS Project: A Dual Pilot Study of Ventura County Latinas and HIV/AIDS
2006 Hewlett Grant: California Lutheran University
2005-06 Funded Research Collaboration: California State Office of AIDS. Co-Principal investigator with Dr. Lyn Gesch, in collaboration with Ventura County Public Health and Ventura County AIDS Project: Latino Men Living with HIV/AIDS.
2005 Hewlett Grant: California Lutheran University
2004 Hewlett Grant: California Lutheran University
2003 Hewlett Grant: California Lutheran University
2002 Faculty Summer Research Grant: University of Maine
2002 Women in the Curriculum Grant: Women’s Studies Program,UniversityofMaine
1999 Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grant:GraduateSchool,UniversityofColorado,Boulder
1997 American Association of University Women, Brown/Ricketts/Udick Grant:BoulderAAUW
1996 University Fellowship: Graduate School, University of Colorado, Boulder