Christina Nadler is a doctoral candidate in the sociology program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She has also completed all work for the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate. She has taught at Hunter College since 2008 and at Brooklyn College from 2008-2011. Some of the courses she has taught most recently include Classical Sociological Theory, Current Social Theory, and Sociology of Gender, but she has also taught courses on race, social networks, and family. For the 2011-12 school year she served as a Writing Fellow at Bronx Community College. She is currently working as the OpenCUNY Academic Digital Medium Coordinator for Organizing and Action. OpenCUNY provides Graduate Center students access to free and open source digital media. Christina’s particular role is to extend integrate action-oriented media within the OpenCUNY medium and foster connections with organizations who share OpenCUNY’s mission. She serves on numerous committees, including a position on the Graduate Center’s Doctoral Students’ Council from 2009-2014, and as a member of the Executive Committee from 2011-2013.
Christina serves on the Cultural Studies Association’s Executive Committee and the 2014 Conference Planning Committee. She has worked as a thread editor for Lateral, the Journal of the Cultural Studies Association, which will release the thread she co-edited with Megan Turner, “Queer the Noise,” in May 2014 along with her co-authored article with Megan Turner, “Between Meaning and Becoming: Some Introductory Notes on Queering the Noise”.
Her areas of interest include cultural studies, science and technology, psychoanalytic theory, post-structuralism, race, gender, animal studies, queer theory, new materialism and ontology. Christina has presented her wide-ranging work at various conferences including conferences on Feminist Pedagogy as well as the North American division of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies. Her written work is also wide-ranging and her article “Deterritorializing Disciplinarity: Toward An Immanent Pedagogy” has been accepted for publication in Cultural Studies<=>Critical Methodologies.
Her theoretical dissertation explores how the ontological turn presents challenges to sociology’s reliance on social constructionism as its primary paradigm. The first chapter is a comprehensive genealogy of the move to social construction in sociology, moving through the canonical theorists to the sociologists of race, feminists, intersectional scholars and ending with the new materialists. The next three chapters each explore a specific site that is so complex, it calls out the inadequacies of social construction. These sites are slaughterhouses, stop & frisk and mass incarceration, and fucking. Her dissertation concludes with a chapter that highlights the political consequences of the ontological turn through articulating what a politics post-subject might look like.