Adina Nack, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology

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A tenured professor of sociology, Dr. Adina Nack has served 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:

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