Wesleyan portrait of Nina  Hagel

Nina Hagel

Assistant Professor of Government

Tutor, College of Social Studies

Assistant Professor, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


BA Johns Hopkins University
MA University of California, Berkeley
PHD University of California, Berkeley

Nina Hagel

Nina Hagel teaches classes on contemporary political theory, the history of political thought, and feminist political theory. Her research examines questions of freedom, recognition, social power, and resistance, with a focus on democratic belonging. She is currently working on a book manuscript about notions of authenticity in contemporary political discourse and in the history of political thought. Her work has been published in Polity and theory & event and has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In 2018, her article "Alternative Authenticities: Thinking Transgender Without Essence" received the American Political Science Association's Susan Okin-Iris Young Award in feminist political theory.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours



Fall 2021
CHUM 376 - 01
Subjection, Contract, Consent

Spring 2022
CSS 371 - 01
Jr. Coll: Social Theory

GOVT 347 - 01
Political Freedom