Contact Information

Phone: 515-294-4154
Location: Sloss House, Room 203B
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Dr. Ruxandra V. Marcu 


Faculty Affiliate, Program in Women's and Gender Studies

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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

ISU Dreamers, campus adviser

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

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.

Twitter @sandra_marcu.