Professor of Sociology, California Lutheran University
A tenured professor of sociology, Dr. Adina Nack received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder and joined the faculty at California Lutheran University in 2003, after having been faculty at the University of Maine. At CLU, Dr. 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.
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 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.