Michael Goebel

Lecturer [SOC]


Office:332 Carver
411 Morrill Rd.
Ames IA
Links: Website


Michael J. Goebel, Ph.D. is a core faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Iowa State University and Lecturer in Sociology. He is currently working on a manuscript entitled, “Beached White Male: Imperiled Masculinity and The Great Recession," which interrogates the cultural narrative of white male decline following the economic collapse of 2008.

Dr. Goebel is the recipient of the 2014 American Men’s Studies Association Loren Frankel Memorial Scholarship, as well as being given awards for teaching and mentorship from the Iowa State University Women’s and Gender Studies program. He has published chapters analyzing the intersection of gender identity and consumption in the Twilight saga and Superman comics, and has articles in development on the Netflix series Daredevil and the cultural phenomenon of “coming of age teen sex comedy films,” along with a new research project on masculinity and disability.

Dr. Goebel teaches a wide array of courses for WGS including:

  • WGS 160: Gender Justice
  • WGS 210: Gender and Sexuality in American Popular Culture
  • WGS/SOC 328: Sociology of Men & Masculinities
  • WGS 401: Contemporary Feminist Theories
  • WGS 450: Gender and Consumer Culture