- 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
- Bender, watching AU Volleyball and Basketball
- 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, NPR.com, Fast Company, Associated Press, Today.com, Cosmopolitan, Forbes.com, Washingtonian, TeenVogue.com, 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 HealthIT.gov. 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. She serves on the Provost's Online Learning Leadership Council and as vice-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, CityGirlBlogs.com, in 2008. Stef’s most important role is as a mom to her six-year-old daughter, Roya.
Maryland State Bar Association
St. Jude Heart of Fashion
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
Area of Expertise
American Studies, social media, pop culture
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, CityGirlBlogs.com. Prior to starting her blog, she practiced law for an immigration legal services organization.