Katie-PridgenVisiting Assistant Professor
Heritage Hall 460K
(205) 934-8679

Research and Teaching Interests: Sexuality, Gender, Stratification, Social Movements, Popular Culture, Virtual Spaces, Social Psychology

Office Hours: By appointment

  • BA, Ohio University, Psychology
  • MA, Ohio University, Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies
  • PhD, University of Florida, Sociology and Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research

Katie earned her PhD at the University of Florida in 2015. Her research focused on sexuality, gender, social movements, and online spaces. Specifically, she studied the ways that bisexual activists worked within — and outside of — existing LGBTQ organizations, as well as the ways they used online tools to accomplish important tasks. Her work suggests that social movement actors use virtual spaces for crucial aspects of their activism, necessitating new tactics and approaches to making social change. Future research will continue to explore online spaces, marginalized groups, and methods of resistance.

Another area of research is based in social psychology and focuses on the development of wisdom over the life course. This work takes a current operationalization of wisdom and examines how wisdom is related to other factors, such as age and education. It suggests that wisdom-enhancing activities may be beneficial to well-being, especially in old age.

Katie is an excellent instructor with several years of teaching experience. She has taught a wide range of courses to diverse student populations, both in-person and online. She aims to provide students with course content, mentoring, and marketable skills in a rigorous and fun environment. Katie has won teaching awards at multiple institutions and maintains consistently high teaching evaluations.

In addition to research and teaching, Katie loves music, dance, and food. She is an avid fan of college football.

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology of Social Media
  • Social Stratification
  • Marriages and Families
  • Sexualities Studies
  • Monika Ardelt, Stephen Pridgen, and Katie Nutter-Pridgen. (Under Review.) The Relation between Age and Three-Dimensional Wisdom: Variations by Wisdom Dimensions and Education. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.
  • Kathryn Nutter-Pridgen. 2015. The Old, the New, and the Redefined: Identifying the Discourses in Contemporary Bisexual Activism. Journal of Bisexuality, 15(3): 385-413.
  • Maura Ryan, K.L. Broad, Clare Walsh, and Katie Nutter. 2013. “Professional Allies: The Storying of Allies to the LGBTQ Students on a College Campus.” The Journal of Homosexuality, 60(1): 83-104.
  • American Sociological Association (ASA)
  • Southern Sociological Society (SSS)
  • Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS)
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP)
  • Alpha Kappa Delta (2010)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (2003)