About

Megan Nanney (Maggie) (she/her pronouns) is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology and Women’s & Gender Studies at Virginia Tech. She graduated with her master’s degree in Sociology from Virginia Tech in 2015 and bachelor’s (cum laude) from Smith College in Sociology and the Study of Women & Gender in 2013.

Megan centers her research around the question, “What is a woman?” She is interested in the policing of gender in gendered spaces and policies such as restrooms, women’s and gender studies as a discipline as well as the classroom, and women’s colleges. Her dissertation will look at gender nonconformity and trans inclusion admissions policies at women’s colleges.

She also has projects in the works on women’s experiences within craft beer culture, feminist responses to pole fitness, and the politics of vulvas.

Megan’s research on trans inclusive admission policies can be found in the April 2017 issue of Gender & Society and forthcoming in the September volume of Advances in Gender Research. Her work is also currently conditionally accepted at Food, Culture and Society and Research and Higher Education. In her spare time, she serves as the editor-in-chief for Virginia Tech’s LGBTQ magazine, The Interloper.

Megan lives in Blacksburg, VA with her partner Jess, and miniature Jack Russell Terrier Penelope.