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Stef Woods

Department of History

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    Instructor, American Studies
  • 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 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. Her courses also have been highlighted by The New York Times' Education Life section, Entertainment Weekly magazine, Buzzfeed and Business Insider. Stef was profiled as a breast cancer survivor in Women's Health and On Health magazines, and on
    In May 2015, she lectured on politics, class and marketing in The Hunger Games to a sold-out audience at The Smithsonian. Stef is a frequent panelist on nonprofits, branding, activism, health and social media. Stef will be talking about politics and ethics in the House of Cards at the Smithsonian in January 2016. She writes about motherhood, sexual health and breast cancer on her website,
    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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  • 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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    • AMST-394 Comm Service Learning Project: Hunger Games
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  • Spring 2016

    • 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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