Nathan Katz

Nathan Katz
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Areas of Study: 

Political Sociology, Theory, Human-Animal Studies, Comparative-Historical Methods

Research and Teaching: 

Introduction to Sociology (Joliet Junior College, Kishwuakee College)

Social Problems (Kishwuakee College)

Cultural Diversity in America (Joliet Junior College)


I received my BA from DePaul University and my Master’s Degree in Sociology at Northern Illinois University. My research primarily focuses on political organization, particularly regarding the electoral process and mass media. I have also done research in the area of human-animal studies, focusing on special needs pet adoption. My master’s thesis “Impression Management, Super PACs, and the 2012 Republican Primary” analyzed the differences in the messages found in the political advertisements produced by Republican candidates and the Super PACs supporting them. In the past I have presented at regional conferences including those for the Illinois Sociological Association and the Midwest Sociological Society, as well as at the Chicago Ethnography Conference.

Awards and Honors: 

2015 Frances Rowe Katz Award for Graduate Research-Northern Illinois University

2015 Sociology Department Award for Student Engagement-Northern Illinois University

Select Publications: 


Katz, Nathan. 2016. “Impression Management, Super PACs, and the 2012 Republican Primary.” Symbolic Interaction 39(2):175-95.

Katz, Nathan and Keri Burchfield. Forthcoming. “Special Needs Animals and Those Who Care   For Them.” Society and Animals.

Presentations (*Accepted, Not yet Presented)

*Katz, Nathan. 2017. “”Anything Newt Can Do, We Can Do Better!” Democratic Identity, Self- Verification, and Who Leaves the Party.” Presented at the 80th Annual Midwest                         Sociological Society Conference: Globalization: Promises, Possibilities, and Pitfalls.

Katz, Nathan. 2015. “Impression Management, Super PACs, and the 2012 Republican Primary.” Poster presented at the 78th Annual Midwest Sociological Society             Conference:                             Sociology and the Publics.

Katz, Nathan. 2015. “Special Needs Animals and Those Who Care For Them.” Presented at the   17th annual Chicago Ethnography Conference.”

Katz, Nathan. 2014. “Bureaucratic Performance Production and the 2012 Presidential Primary.” Presented at the Illinois Sociological Association/Illinois Political Science          Association                 Joint Conference: Governability in the Face of Social Conflict.