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.