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Nancy Hodges is a Professor and Co-Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Dr. Hodges’ program of scholarship focuses on contextual factors of dress and consumption, industry employment dynamics and the production of knowledge within the clothing and textiles field.
Dr. Hodges’ research examines issues of higher education and employment relative to the US and North Carolina textile, apparel, and retail industries. This area includes several “mini-streams” such as higher education and women’s professional development (both nationally and internationally), the experience of unemployment, retraining, and reemployment, and the impact of industry employment dynamics on local communities. She is currently working on a second, five-year project funded by the NC Agricultural Research Service on the changing workforce of North Carolina’s textile sector, and specifically the link between women, employment and education for the apparel and textile industries. She is also the Project Director and Co-PI of two USDA Higher Education Challenge Grants totaling approximately $800,000 focused on curriculum design and assessment.
Hodges has published her research in journals such as the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal and the Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management. She has presented her research at numerous juried national and international conferences in the US and Europe where she has received several awards for her research, including the 2010 Outstanding Paper Award from the Emerald Literati Network for one of her articles published in the Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management. She has been a member of the Executive Board of the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) and served as the Vice President for Planning for ITAA. Hodges has also served on the Editorial Board for the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal and is presently on the Advisory Board of Fashion Practice: The Journal of Design, Creative Process and the Fashion Industry.
Dr. Hodges earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and has been at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro since 1998. She teaches General Education Core undergraduate courses on the cultural, historical, and social psychological factors of dress, and graduate courses on qualitative methodology, literature and thought, consumer research, and dress and identity. She has received several teaching awards, including Awards for Outstanding Teaching in 2003 and 2009 and in 2010 was the UNCG recipient of the UNC Board of Governors Teaching Excellence award.