Dr. Ariane Prohaska

Assistant Department Chair
Associate Professor


  • Ph.D., University of Akron, 2006
  • M.A., University of Akron, 2001
  • B.A., Baldwin-Wallace College, 1999

Research Areas

  • Social construction of gender
  • Fat studies
  • Race/class/gender inequality
  • Disaster sociology


Dr. Ariane Prohaska’s research interests include the social construction of gender, fat studies, race/gender/class inequality, and disaster sociology. She also works on research projects with CCJ students focusing on gender-related topics, such as gender bias in policing, and sexual assault. She is currently examining the pageant contestants’ conceptions of beauty, health, and body size in different types of beauty pageants in the United States.

Selected Publications


Prohaska, Ariane and Jeannine A. Gailey. 2019. “Theorizing Fat Oppression: Intersectional Approaches and Methodological Innovations.”Fat Studies 8(1): 1-9.

Prohaska, Ariane and Cassidy Ellis. 2017. “Subversive Scholarship or Anti-Intellectual Identity Politics? An Analysis of Media Frames of Fat Studies.” Fat Studies 7 (1): 268-280.

Smart, Kasi and Ariane Prohaska. 2017. “Social Inequality After the Tuscaloosa Tornado: A Critical Analysis of Rebuilding Efforts.”International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters 35 (1): 1-8

Prohaska, Ariane.  2014. “‘Help me Get Fat!’ Feederism and Communal Deviance on the Internet.” Deviant Behavior 35 (4): 263-274.

Gailey, Jeannine A. and Ariane Prohaska. 2011. “Power and Gender Negotiations During Interviews with Men About Sex and Sexually Degrading Practices.” Qualitative Research 11 (4): 365-380.

Prohaska, Ariane and Jeannine A. Gailey. 2010. “Achieving Masculinity Through Sexual Predation: The Case of Hogging.”  Journal of Gender Studies 19 (1): 13-25.

Book Chapters

Prohaska, Ariane. 2018. “Trauma, Tears, and Transformation: Living and Working after Surviving a Tornado.” Pp. 137-146 in Negotiating the Emotional Challenges of Conducting Deeply Personal Research. Edited by Xan Nowakowski and J.E. Sumerau.

Prohaska, Ariane and Jeannine A. Gailey.  2009. “Fat Women as ‘Easy Targets’: Achieving Masculinity through Hogging.”  Pp. 158-166 in The Fat Studies Reader. Edited by Esther Rothblum and Sandra Solovay.