Hello! I'm Maggie.

I design DEI solutions through research-informed strategies to create more inclusive and socially just workplace, learning, healthcare, and leisure environments.
 

As a trained social scientist with expertise in evaluation and qualitative methods, I have been taught to examine the world through the eyes of those I work with. I believe that it is imperative to improve people's lives and the functioning of organizations by listening to what it is they are trying to accomplish, understanding their challenges and needs, and using my insights and skills to design solutions that help them achieve their goals. As such, my approach to diversity work and strategic planning focuses not so much on the commitment to diversity as on the ways in which structurespolicies, climates and practices address inequality.

I currently work as the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Data Analyst in the Office for Equity and Diversity at East Carolina University. In this role, I designed ECU's first Diversity Framework, served as an executive advisor to the Chancellor's Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, and am currently leading the development and implementation of the campus's new DEI Strategic Plan. I work with cross-functional teams across the university including Intercultural Affairs, the Office for Institutional Planning, Research and Assessment, and Human Resources on campus climate assessments, workshops, and equal opportunity reporting and programming. 


I additionally support other organizations as a consultant specializing in the inclusion of transgender and non-binary people. Working with organizations like Hollins University, the American Sociological Association, and the Campaign for Southern Equality, I have developed and executed workshops, seminars, and other programmatic offerings; created resources to support professional development; and conducted mixed-method evaluations and large-scale surveys. When possible, I teach courses on Sociology, LGBTQ+, Trans and Queer Studies, Intersectionality, and Race and Racism. I've taught courses at Virginia Tech, Smith College, and Hollins University.

I have published research on DEI topics in academic journals including Gender & Society, Sociology and Race & Ethnicity, Humanity & Society, Sociology Compass, and Research in Higher Education. My research has been successfully funded with grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Education, the Spencer Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies

When not in the field or at work, I can be found either crafting, golfing, or at the antique market with my fiancée Jess (also a sociologist), miniature Jack Russell Terrier Penelope, and cats Stevie and Bernadette. 

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Megan (Maggie) Nanney, PhD

Equity Strategist | Inclusion Educator | Diversity Researcher

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EXPERIENCE
2020-

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

Equal Opportunity and Diversity Research Associate

2020-2021

SOCIOLOGISTS FOR TRANS JUSTICE

Chair

2020-2021

HOLLINS UNIVERSITY

Visiting Instructor

2019-2020

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF EDUCATION/ SPENCER FOUNDATION

Dissertation Fellow

2019
2019

SMITH COLLEGE

Visiting Instructor

FIVE COLLEGE WOMEN'S STUDY RESEARCH CENTER (located at Mount Holyoke College)

Research Associate

2018-

CAMPAIGN FOR SOUTHERN EQUALITY 

Research Team Member

2017-2020

BROADENING PARTICIPATION IN STEM PROJECT (NSF CAREER GRANT)

Lead Research Assistnat

2013-2017

SOCIOLOGY OF RACE AND ETHNICITY

Founding Managing Editor