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Rachel Nickens


  • MA, PhD Candidate, Sociology, UC Davis
  • MA, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Cincinnati
  • BA, Women's Studies and International Affairs, Florida State University



Sociology Graduate Student Research and Development Conference Planning Committee, 2016
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Faculty Search Committee, University of Cincinnati, 2011-2012

Research Focus

Sports, Gender, Childhood, Youth and Youth Cultures, Organizations, Feminist Studies and Feminist Research

Selected Publications

Emergent Feminisms of the 21st Century: UC Davis Graduate Student Symposium for the Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research Davis, California, May 29, 2015, "A Little More Majestic: Institutionalized Gender Difference in Youth Gymnastics and Possibilities for Transformations"

Sociology Graduate Student Research and Development Conference Davis, California, March 2, 2015, "A Little More Majestic: Institutionalized Gender Difference in Youth Gymnastics"

National Women’s Studies Association Atlanta, Georgia, November 13, 2011, “Creating Oneself: The Feminist Potential in Assuming a Roller Derby Identity”

Pop Praxis: Social Justice and the Media University of Cincinnati, April 8, 2011, “Making It or Breaking Down: Eating Disorders and Body Image in a Teen Gymnastics Drama”

University of Cincinnati Diversity Conference University of Cincinnati, April 20, 2011, “Transgender 101 - The Transgender Student Experience” with Elizabeth Shanklin

The Reinvention Center Conference on “Education, Innovation and Discovery: The Distinctive Promise of the American Research University” Washington, D.C., November 13, 2008 “Teaching International Human Rights: Human Rights Courses at Florida State University” with Daniel Maier-Katkin and Chelsea Brint

Sexual Freedom and Alternative Relationships University of Cincinnati, April 12, 2011, Presented on alternative relationships and sexual freedom as part of University of Cincinnati's Reel Sex Film Festival and Sexual Health Week.

Transgender 101 Miami University, November 10, 2010 Presented to “Spectrum,” Miami University’s Undergraduate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight alliance on transgender issues with K.D. Miller.


SOC 122 Adolescence (UCD, Summer 2016)
SOC 131 Family (UCD, Summer 2015, Summer 2017, Fall 2017)
SOC 132 Gender (UCD, Fall 2016)
SOC 153 Childhood (UCD, Spring 2017)
SOC 156 Social Movements (UCD, Spring 2018)
Human Sexuality (University of Cincinnati, Fall 2011 and Winter 2012)
Special Topics in Women's Studies: Gender and Sports (University of Cincinnati, Spring 2012)

SOC 002 Self & Society (UCD, Fall 2014)
SOC 120 Deviance (UCD, Spring 2014)
SOC 131 Family (UCD, Winter 2015)
SOC 132 Gender (UCD, Fall 2015)
SOC 135 Social Relationships (UCD, Winter 2014)
SOC 153 Childhood (UCD, Spring 2016)
SOC 172 Ideology of Race, Class, Gender (UCD, Winter 2016)
WGS 50 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (UCD, Fall 2013 & Spring 2015; Univerisity of Cincinnati, Fall 2010)
Human Sexuality (University of Cincinnati, Winter and Spring 2011)

Summer 2014: SOC 120 Deviance (Davis)
Summer 2013: SOC 002 Self & Society (Davis)