Wesleyan portrait of Nina  Hagel

Nina Hagel

Assistant Professor of Government

Public Affairs Center, 428

Tutor, College of Social Studies

1 Vine Street,

Assistant Professor, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

1 Vine Street,


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

Nina Hagel

Nina Hagel is a political theorist and an Assistant Professor of Government at Wesleyan University. She 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

on research leave 2023-24


Fall 2024
CSS 271 - 01
Soph Col: Modern Social Theory

GOVT 393 - 01
Politics of Authenticity