Michaela Nowell

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Michaela Nowell

Assistant Professor

Science Building, Room 215

(920) 929-1166

Michaela A. Nowell received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Purdue University and began her appointment as assistant professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac in fall 2012.

Originally from Ohio, she started out as a college student at Sinclair Community College and completed her bachelor’s degree at Wright State University before spending a year as an Americorps*VISTA working at a daytime homeless shelter.

Her work focuses on the intersections of gender, sexuality, and body, as well as race and class, taking a critical lens regarding the sociology of fatness.

Professor Nowell's approach to teaching is similar to her approach to qualitative research: conversational, exploratory and iterative.

In Spring 2013, Professor Nowell gave a talk for UW-Oshkosh's Social Justice Week, entitled "No Wrong Way to Have a Body: Why Fatness is a Social Justice Issue." She gave a similar short talk on Fat Studies for UW-Fond du Lac's Creative Campus Faculty Spotlight Spring Lecture Series.


A.A., Sinclair Community College
B.A., Wright State University
M.S., Purdue University
Ph.D., Purdue University


Raising Consciousness Around Systemic Inequality: Changing the Conversation, presented for University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s Social Justice Week, April 2014

No Wrong Way to Have a Body: Fatness as a Social Justice Issue, presented for University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s Social Justice Week, April 2013

What is Fat Studies?, presented for University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac's Creative Campus Faculty Spotlight Lecture Series, Spring 2013 



Who Works with the Smart Kids? I do. for Conditionally Accepted. 

Sociology of Fatness-Critical Perspectives for Teaching Sociology (and Anthropology) for Conditionally Accepted. 

Crying (Naomi) Wolf Over Rape for Ms. Magazine Blog. 



Quoted in Health Day (US World News and Report) Being Obese May Make Job Search Tougher 'Employers' in study unknowingly rated same women higher after weight-loss surgery