Dr. Kathryn Hausbeck Korgan came to UNLV in 1995 as an ABD doctoral candidate from SUNY at Buffalo; she earned her Ph.D. in 1997, and was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in the UNLV Department of Sociology in 2002. In 2006, Kate was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate College. By 2007 she was serving as the Senior Associate Dean for the Graduate College, a role that she held until her appointment as Interim Dean of the Graduate College in 2013.
Besides her roles in the Department of Sociology and Graduate College, over the years Kate has served as a faculty affiliate in Women's Studies, Cultural Studies and the Asian Studies program. Kate is a social theorist and qualitative scholar by training. During her early graduate career, Kate specialized in environmental sociology and the complex relationships between culture, values, attitudes, gender and social change; these remain the core nexus of her scholarship. At the doctoral level, Kate studied culture, attitudes, and social change as related to gender, sexuality, and (post)feminisms. After moving to Las Vegas, her focus on gender, sexuality and culture intensified and she began collaborating with her colleague, Dr. Barbara Brents, on feminist analyses of the commercial sex industry, especially the NV brothels. Together they published numerous articles, have given dozens of presentations (both academic and public), and with Dr. Crystal Jackson, they published The State of Sex: Tourism, Sex, and Sin in the New American Heartland (Rutledge 2009).
Dr. Korgan is currently working on a project examining the interface between late capitalism, neoliberalism, and sexual(ized) commerce; she is also conducting an empirical study of the strategic business practices of online escorts as erotic entrepreneurs. Expanding on her analyses of culture, identity, and change, Kate is working with a doctoral candidate to examine the social implications of the genomic revolution and personalized medicine - a topic she has been following since the start of the Human Genome project in the early 1990s.
Aside from this body of work, over the years Dr. Hausbeck Korgan has taught and/or participated in scholarly communities focusing on the sociology of space and urban architecture, visual sociology, public engagement/social change, and contemporary Chinese culture.
Before participating in campus leadership, Dr. Korgan served on numerous department, college, university and system committees; she continues to be dedicated to both university and community service.
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