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Stef Woods Professorial Lecturer Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative

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CAS - Critical RGC Studies
Battelle-Tompkins - T 21
Additional Positions at AU
Faculty Director, AUx1
Professorial Lecturer, American Studies
Faculty Senate Committee on Information Services
BA (Political Science/English): Wellesley College; MALS (International Affairs): Georgetown University; JD: American University

Favorite Spot on Campus
The Bridge
Stef Woods is Faculty Director of AUx1 and teaches with the American Studies Program. 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, Associated Press,, 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 WebMD and Stef is a regular speaker on American popular culture at The Smithsonian and a frequent panelist on nonprofits, branding, activism, health and social media. Stef received the Dean's Award for Exceptional Innovation in Teaching in 2016. In 2017-18, she served on the Provost's Online Learning Leadership Council and as co-chair of the Faculty Senate Committee on Information Services. In 2012, she received the AU Jack Child Teaching with Technology Award. Prior to teaching, Stef practiced immigration law with a focus on deportation, U-visa and VAWA cases. An early adopter of social media, she started her website,, in 2008. Stef’s most important role is as a mom to her five-year-old daughter, Roya.
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For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Maryland State Bar Association

  • St. Jude Heart of Fashion

  • American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
    Supporting Member

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

Summer Scholars and Artists Undergraduate Research Fellowship Faculty Mentor, 2017

College Dean's Award for Exceptional Innovation, 2016

Open Educational Resource Grant, 2016

Online Course Development Grant, 2012

Jack Child Teaching with Technology Award, 2012


Selected Publications

"Sexuality and Social Media." Essay in Momentum, Making Waves in Sexuality, Feminism and Relationships, edited by Tess Danesi, Dee Dennis and Inara Luna, 2012. Electronic

"Remedying the Flaws of the Temporary Protected Status Program," Writing Across The Curriculum, Volume V, Georgetown University, 297-311.  



Professional Presentations

2017 Off-Campus

Lecture, "Popular Culture in the 1920s." Sponsored by The Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility, Camden County College, Camden, New Jersey.

Lecture, "FDA Proposed Social Media Guidelines." Sponsored by the Graduate School of Public Health, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Lecture, "Law, Race and Identity in Orange Is The New Black." Sponsored by the Women in the Law Program, Washington College of Law, Washington, DC.

Panel, "Social Media, Storytelling and Political Activism." Sponsored by New Story Leadership, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC. 

Panel, "Grassroots Advocacy: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict." Sponsored by OneVoice, George Washington University, Washington, DC. 

Lecture, "House of Cards: Part II." Sponsored by The Smithsonian Associates, Washington, DC.

Refer to above CV for full list of presentations.

AU Experts

Area of Expertise

American Studies, social media, pop culture

Additional Information

Stef Woods specializes in social media, American popular culture, sexuality, nonprofits, and activism. Stef writes about relationships, sexual health, motherhood and breast cancer on her website, Prior to starting her blog, she practiced law for an immigration legal services organization.

For the Media

To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

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