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Michallene McDaniel, Ph.D.

Michallene McDaniel
Title: Professor
Phone: 678-717-3695

Office: Strickland Academic, 102, Gainesville
Areas of Expertise: Identity Construction, Meaning Construction, Culture, Religion, Gender


Michallene McDaniel began teaching on the Gainesville campus in August 2001. Currently an associate professor of Sociology & Human Services, she is particularly enthusiastic about the new academic challenges and opportunities resulting from UNG's consolidation. She considers herself very fortunate to work in her ideal career.

Courses Taught

HSDA 3110                 Diversity & Social Justice  

SOCI 1101                  Introduction to Sociology

SOCI 1160                  Social Problems

SOCI 2100                  Constructions of Difference

SOCI 2293/3293         Marriage & Family

SOCI 2400                  Social Theory

SOCI 3250                  Sociology of Family Violence

SOCI 3510                  Sociology of Religion

SOCI 3520                  Social Construction of Sexuality

SOCI 3700                  Constructions of Self

SOCI 3800                  Sociology of Gender

SOCI 4000                  Special Topics: Sociology of HIV/AIDS 

SOCI 4100                  Advanced Social Theory



  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Georgia, 2011
  • Graduate Certificate, Women's Studies, University of Georgia, 1998
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Georgia, 1996
  • B.A., Sociology, University of North Florida, 1993
  • A.A., Communications, Florida State University, 1989

Research/Special Interests

Dr. McDaniel's research focuses on the ways individuals construct their identities and systems of meaning in times of rapid social change. Current research projects include a collaboration with colleagues in the Psychological Sciences that examines the relationship between personality and religiosity, and an independent exploration of the role of LGBT subtext in popular culture in the identity construction of audience members.


McDaniel, Michallene.  2008.  “One Bad Lecture Away from Guarding a Bank.” Chapter 10 (pp. 149-169) in Resilience: Queer Academics from the Working Class.  Oldfield, K. and Johnson R., Editors.  Albany: SUNY Press.

McDaniel, Michallene.  2004.  “Between Sundays and If It Wasn’t for the Women” (Book Review Essay).  Gender & Society 5:664-665.

Work Experience

Before joining the faculty of UNG (then Gainesville College), Dr. McDaniel taught at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton and the University of Georgia in Athens. Prior to her life as a full-time academic, Security Officer McDaniel guarded a bank building in the middle of the night for three years and was a professional racquet stringer, certified through the United States Racquet Stringers' Association. She strung over 8,000 tennis, racquetball, squash and badminton racquets over a period of seven years. No one called her Dr. McDaniel during that time, but she did respond to polite calls of "Stringer."

Personal Information

A native Floridian, Dr. McDaniel was very happy to find employment on the Gainesville campus that allowed her to remain in her adopted state of Georgia. Working with the increasingly diverse population of Northeast Georgia is very rewarding, and Dr. McDaniel is particularly gratified to play a small part in the change in her students' life chances that only education can provide.

Dr. McDaniel is a cultural omnivore, and puts her diverse interests to practical use by playing competitive trivia. She also enjoys traveling (especially to places with rocky coastlines), nature, and animals. She lives in Barrow County with her family and several smushy-faced cats.

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