Oehmen, Dr. Nicole

Director and Assistant Professor of Sociology
School of Arts and Sciences
PhD in Sociology and Criminology, University of Iowa 2020
Graduate Certificate in College Teaching, University of Iowa 2017
MA in Sociology, University of Iowa 2015
Graduate Certificate in Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies, University of Iowa 2015
BA in Sociology and English, University of Iowa 2012


Dr. Oehmen joined the Carolina University community in fall 2020. She is a devoted and student-centered educator with a broad range of teaching experience at both the University of Iowa and at Mount Mercy University. Her teaching has been recognized for awards both at the university level and nationally. Dr. Oehmen is particularly committed to the success of historically under-served students in the classroom and beyond. For the last three years, she has been a member of the Midwest Sociological Society's Task Force for students who are the first in their family to attend college. Her most current research incorporates in-depth interviews, immersive participant-observation, and archival research to explore a contested performance art genre as a case of value construction. In addition to being published in Advances for Gender Research, her work has been presented at the American Sociological Association, American Society of Criminology, Midwest Sociological Society, and Association for Humanist Sociology annual meetings and she will serve as a session organizer for the upcoming Mid-South Sociological Association annual meeting. She looks forward to incorporating opportunities for student research, conference attendance, and applied projects into the CU sociology program and her own classrooms.


Gorga, Allison* and Oehmen, Nicole Bouxsein. 2017. “Gendered Prisons, Gendered Policy: Gendered Subtexts and the Prison Rape Elimination Act.” Advances in Gender Research, 24, edited by Vasilikie Demos and Marcia Segal.

Manuscripts in Progress

Oehmen, Nicole Bouxsein and Harkness, Sarah. “A Woman’s Place: How State’s Gender Employment Ratio Affects Sex-based Discrimination Findings.”

Oehmen, Nicole Bouxsein. “Measuring Agency as Tilting at Windmills: Tautology, Transubstantiation, and Tilted Perspectives in Measurements of Success.”

Courses Taught

Introduction to Sociology
Crime in America
Sociological Theory
Sociology of Leadership
Capstone Course in Sociology

Oehmen, Nicole