Abel Knochel comes to Augsburg College from a background in community practice, including work as a community organizer, participatory action researcher, and campaigner for LGBT rights in Kentucky, and as a labor researcher and organizer working with union retirees throughout the U.S. Ze serves on the board of FORGE, a national organization that runs the Transgender Aging Network. Ze wrote the curriculum used to train Twin Cities service providers to give safe, welcoming care to older gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and trained the first group of volunteers to deliver the training.
Abel respects Augsburg’s deep commitment to the larger community and seeks to mirror this by providing students with opportunities to learn about and engage community-based work in the Twin Cities and beyond. As the first member of hir family to graduate from college, Abel is excited to work with the large number of first generation college students at Augsburg. Ze teaches community practice, research, diversity and inequality, and history courses. Hir academic interests include LGB and transgender aging, anti-oppressive practice, community organizing, and social movements. Abel has a Bachelors in Political Science, a Masters in Social Work, and a PhD in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. Ze is licensed (LGSW) in Minnesota.
- B.A., Albright College
- M.S.W., Spalding University
- Ph.D, University of Minnesota
Current Research Interests
- Aging in LGB Communities, Aging in Transgender Communities
- Anti-oppressive social work practice
- Radical social work history
- Participatory action research, Collaborative research, and Critical perspective