Michaela Null

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Michaela Null

Assistant Professor

Science Building, Room 215

(920) 929-1166

Michaela A. Null 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 Null's approach to teaching is similar to her approach to qualitative research: conversational, exploratory and iterative.

In Spring 2013, Professor Null 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.



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. 


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


If you are taking a class with me, you can attend select events and write a response paper for extra credit. You can write up to two per class. Papers should be Times New Roman 12, have 1inch margins, and should be double spaced. It should be two pages: one on what you learned, one on what you think.


Here are events you can attend this semester:


Sept 15

Tuesday Talk: Making in a Digital Age by nationally-recognized book artist and UW-FDL alumnus Steve Miller, 12:30pm in UC 114, UW-FdL


Sept 16

The Humanity Project, 6:30pm at Marian University in Stayer Center.

The Humanity Project is "an initiative designed to adddress issues surrounding race in our community." This is the first open meeting for the project.


Sept 29

UNPlug: Explore the Prairie, Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum, 12:30pm

Visit the outdoor stations as you UnPlug and stroll about the Gottfried Prairie & Arboretum.  Meet outside by the Gazebo. Stations include information about honey bees, invasive plant species, Master Gardener's, Worm Composting, acoustic music, and just listening and looking at all that nature has to offer.


Oct 8

HEDIT Conference "Empowering the Disempowered", 9am-12pm, Moraine Park Technical College, Fond du Lac


Oct 13

Tuesday Talk: Intentional Unplugging and Art, 12:30 in UC 114, UW-FdL

Wendi Turchan, art instructor, spent 19 days in the Oregon outback. She will reflect on her artistic process and relationship with technology.



More to come...