Dr. Ruxandra V. Marcu
Faculty Affiliate, Program in Women's and Gender Studies
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Education: Ph.D., German and Comparative Literature, Washington University in St. Louis | M.A. & B.A., German Studies, Bowling Green State University
Selected University Involvement: International Faculty and Staff Association | ISU Dreamers, campus adviser | NCORE-ISCORE Scholars Program & ISCORE Planning Committee | Sexual Misconduct Leadership Committee | Student Conduct Board member | University Committee for the Advancement of Women and Gender Equity, current Chair | Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Council | Women's and Gender Studies Curriculum Committee & Steering Committee
Selected Community Involvement: ACLU of Iowa Board of Directors, appointed April 2020 | Ames Public Library Board of Trustees, appointed April 2019
What I Can Speak On
Student/staff support: I provide workshops on creating inclusive classroom and work spaces with a lens on gender, race, ability, and immigration status. Past speaking engagements have included support for DACA/undocumented students, gender diversity and creating gender inclusive spaces; the gender wage gap; imposter syndrome; student activism from a student support lens; and women in leadership.
Scholarship: My current work centers feminist and queer movements in the US and Eastern Europe. I'm particularly interested in social uprisings, queer liberation movements, feminist movements, and immigration narratives. I use visual culture, film, memorials, and archival content as entry into these topics.