Contact Information

Phone: 515-294-4154
Location: Sloss House, Room 203B
  Google Scholar | Summer in Berlin

Dr. Ruxandra V. Marcu 


Faculty Affiliate, Program in Women's and Gender Studies

She, her, hers



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, founding member and co-chair

NCORE-ISCORE Scholars Program Student Learning Facilitator

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

Women's and Gender Studies 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

I am a queer Romanian-born scholar of gender and cultural studies. I'm trained in comparative cultural studies with a focus on Western Europe but 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.

In 2021, I began my study of the Community Resiliency Model (CRM) with the Trauma Research Institute in Claremont, California as a way to better understand resiliency, trauma, and collective healing. This adds to my academic study of social movements and resistance work and informs my work in holistic student support and advocacy on campus.

You can find me on Twitter @sandra_marcu.