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Kate McGonigal, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Co-Coordinator of the Women's and Gender Studies Certificate Program

Kate McGonigal is an associate professor of sociology and has been with Fort Hays State University since the fall of 2004. She currently teaches Introduction to Sociology, Social Deviance, and Social Inequalities, and the core Women’s Studies courses. Her degrees are from the University of Missouri-Columbia (Ph.D., 2004; M.A. 1998) and Drake University in Des Moines (B.A., 1992). Her areas of specialization are social deviance, women’s studies and criminology. While studying at MU, she also taught general sociology courses for William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. Kate's dissertation work with John F. Galliher was published in 2009 by Lexington Books, a division of Rowman and Littlefield, and is titled Mabel Agnes Elliott: Pioneering Feminist, Pacifist Sociologist. A related article was published in 2009 within The American Sociologist. Her thesis examined the patterns of legislative abolition of the Iowa death penalty and the effects of charismatic governmental leaders on the anti-death penalty movement, and was published as Chapter 9 in America Without the Death Penalty: States Leading the Way by Galliher et al. in 2002. Kate grew up out in the country just outside of Dexter, Missouri. She is a member of the Stoddard County Association for Retarded Citizens and her parents, Larry and Shirley, are both board members for the ARC. Her siblings, George and Juli, and their families, reside in Arkansas and Colorado, respectively. Kate leads an enthusiastic life with her horses, dogs and cats. Her current goal is to see that 2009 AQHA colt, Tornado Catt (aka “Hank”), co-owned with World Champion trainer/exhibitor Jeremy Knoles and his wife, Jennifer, of Spearman, Texas and from her special mare, Miss Ava, by Sophisticated Catt competes in the NCHA-sponsored Ft. Worth Futurity in 2012. The motto of her house is "Friends don't chase friends." She is a strong advocate of adopting pets from a humane society or shelter. Most recently Kate brought home Cora, a 2-year old German Shepherd mix from the Missouri German Shepherd Rescue Organization (MOGS). Go Tornado Catt!


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