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.