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Stef Woods

Department of History

  • Stef Woods is a full-time instructor with the American Studies Program at American University. She specializes in social media, American popular culture, sexuality, nonprofits, and activism. Stef writes about relationships, sexuality, health and motherhood on her website, Prior to starting her blog, she practiced law for an immigration legal services organization.
    Stef has been featured in numerous print and online publications, including The Daily Beast, Fast Company,, Cosmopolitan,, Washingtonian,, and USA TODAY College. She was interviewed for her 50 Shades Trilogy and Hunger Games curricula by MSNBC, WTOP, and FOX 5 DC. Stef was profiled as a breast cancer survivor by,, and Sibley Hospital's On Health magazine.
    She lectured at The Smithsonian on politics, class and marketing in The Hunger Games. Stef is a frequent panelist on nonprofits, branding, activism, social media, health and sexuality.
    Stef serves on the AU Social Media Club Faculty Advisory Board and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Task Force. In 2012, she was chosen as a co-winner of the AU Jack Child Teaching with Technology Award. Stef’s most important role is as a mom to her two-year-old daughter, Roya.
  • Degrees

    BA (Political Science/English): Wellesley College; MALS (International Affairs): Georgetown University; JD: American University
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  • Spring 2015

    • AMST-330 Contemporary American Culture: Politics, TV Series & Ethics
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    • AMST-340 Commun Activism & Regional Std: Activism and Social Media
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    • AMST-394 Comm Service Learning Project: Activism and Social Media
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  • Fall 2015

    • AMST-330 Contemporary American Culture: Health in the Digital Age
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    • AMST-330 Contemporary American Culture: Hunger Games
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